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Ordinary People


Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton View All


Robert Redford (Director), Alvin Sargent (Screenplay) View All

Release: Sep. 19th, 1980
Runtime: 2 hours, 4 minutes
Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together.
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Director: Robert Redford Writers: Judith Guest (novel), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) Cast: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton Genre: Dram.
Ordinary People is a perfect drama, a movie that other films should measure themselves against to make sure they are in working order.
I also have to acknowledge Judd Hirsch as Hutton's new psychiatrist - while I'm more than a little inclined to see him as an early version of Robin Williams' character from Good Will Hunting, I don't consider that a slight against Hirsch at all, and it's his scenes with Hutton that rank among some of the film's best and most effective.
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