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Ordinary People (1980) Movie Information

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Robert Redford


Mary Tyler Moore
Donald Sutherland
Timothy Hutton
Judd Hirsch
M. Emmet Walsh
Scott Doebler





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A death to a family's oldest boy strains the hard nosed mother and easy going father while the younger song tries to take the blame as they battle life with out one of their family members.

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mitchellyoung 12/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Sidesteps the usual psychological drama cliches to show real and raw emotions. The entire cast is fantastic and manages to show a lot of under-the-surface feelings without seeming too melodramatic.

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donkeyknight 05/02/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The performances are very good (especially during the intense climax) and Redford forsees and boils the whole decade down into a few scenes, capturing the essense of the materialistic, empty and confusing 80s.

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Alex 03/17/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A good movie that is well done, well acted, well told, and well executed. Redford proves he can be a great director. I liked how the family interacted - it was very life like as I have seen people experience. Recommended.

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"Things happen. People don't always have answers." A realistic drama that involves various themes revolving the Jarrett family. Conrad (Timothy Hutton), an emotionally troubled student included in the swimming team, sees a psychiatrist named Dr. Berger (Judd Hirsch). He informs Berger that he doesn't connect with his mom and recalls his experiences with his brother who passed away. Everybody seems to be worried about Conrad. Calvin (Donald Sutherland) tries to get close to his wife and son but recalls his other son.

The only slight misgiving this reviewer experiences were some of the long scenes that slows the pace of the picture. Performances from all around were great. The screenplay was exceptional with some memorable lines from the following characters: Swimming coach - "T...

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11/30/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review - Ordinary People (1980)

When Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton) lost his brother at sea, the lives of him and his parents, Calvin (Donald Sutherland) and Beth (Mary Tyler Moore), are changed forever. Conrad’s journey through self-forgiveness is portrayed in the Best Picture winning film, “Ordinary People.”

This movie made me realize how few Best Picture winners have teenagers as main characters. It also made me realize that I end up thinking those are the best ones.

This is also one of the only movies I’ve seen that has dealt with suicide in such a prominent way. It’s a very touchy and unfortunately ever-increasing subject that is worked with extremely well.

While the acting is a bit off, the story and the editing work excellently together. “Ordinary People” is a very passionate film that would certainly g...

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