Ordinary People

Everything is in its proper place...except the past.
Ordinary People
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1980
  • Label: Paramount Catalog
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Theatrical trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • English, French
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Performer: &
Directed by
Composition by
Produced by

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1980 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Alvin Sargent
Academy Awards 1980 - Best Director: Robert Redford
Academy Awards 1980 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1980 - Best Supporting Actor: Timothy Hutton

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 09/19/1980
"...A moving, intelligent and funny film....Moore is remarkably fine..."
New York Times - 12/28/1980
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1980"
USA Today - 08/17/2001
"...It's still a fine movie..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...The actor's first -- and best -- film behind the camera won Best Picture and netted him a directing Oscar..."

Plot Synopsis:

With the pain from the death of their older son still fresh, Calvin and Beth try to help their remaining son, Conrad, recover from a suicide attempt. Overcome with guilt and grief related to his brother's death, Conrad tries to return to the life of a normal high school student but finds it difficult, with memories of his brother surrounding him and the coldness his mother exhibits almost unbearable.

Plot Keywords:

Essential Cinema | Family Interaction | Psychodrama | Recommended | Tear Jerker | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • ORDINARY PEOPLE marked the film debuts of actors Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern.
  • This film marked Robert Redford's film-directing debut. Redford bought Judith Guest's first, unpublished novel for this film.
  • Mary Tyler Moore's son committed suicide a month after the film's release.
  • Patrick Markey (now a producer) was location manager.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 99,086
  • UPC: 883929303236
  • Shipping Weight: 0.15/lbs (approx)
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