Ordinary People

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Released 1980

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Director:
Robert Redford
Released:
1980
Rating:
R
Ordinary People is a drama film that was released on September 19, 1980. It was written by Alvin Sargent and directed by Clint Eastwood. Ordinary People revolves around the Jarrett family, an upper middle class family, trying to cope with the death of their son Buck (Scott Doebler) from a sailing accident and the attempted suicide of their other son, Conrad (Timothy Hutton). Conrad had been in a psychiatric center for four months before his released. When he gets out of the hospital, Conrad has a hard time dealing with his feelings. He feels that he should have been the one to die on the sailboat. Conrad's father Calvin (Donald Sutherland) tries his best to connect with his wife, Beth (Mary Tyler Moore). Unfortunately, Beth has shut everyone out, even going so far as giving the cold shoulder to Conrad. Calvin is usually the one stuck in the middle when Beth and Conrad fight. It is easy to feel a connection with the characters in Ordinary People.moreless

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  • 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    A moving, intelligent and funny film about disasters that are commonplace to everyone except the people who experience them. Not since Robert Benton's "Kramer vs. Kramer" has there...

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Each character in this movie is given the dramatic opportunity to look inside himself, to question his own motives as well as the motives of others, and to try to improve his own w...

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Whatever social statement Ordinary People was making about its time has evaporated during the intervening years, leaving behind an open, honest drama lacking the emotional punch th...

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    80s, Classics, Psychological, Family Dramas