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Ordinary People

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Movie
1980
2h 4m
English
Drama
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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Directed By: Robert Redford
Written By: Alvin Sargent (Screenplay), Judith Guest (Novel)

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SkinnyFilmBuff says...
10 months ago
I'm a bit surprised at how successful this movie was at the Oscars. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Writing, plus two more nominations? It's a far cry from my experience, as I never found myself particularly invested in the story or characters. Sure, the acting and writing have strong moments, and it explores interesting family dynamics that take the story in some unexpected directions, but the big emotional beats were too hit and miss in terms of feeling authentic vs melodramatic. I'm probably biased by modern mental health discourse, but some of the big ideas just felt superficial by today's standards.
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AdamMorgan says...
4 years ago
This film is probably best known as being the movie that won the Best Picture Oscar over Raging Bull. To be honest I always thought that latter was a little bit overrated because the first half was so much better than the second half but that's still a tall hurdle to overcome . I thought that the first half of the film was just ok as it seemed kind of deliberate. But as the second half of the film played out it became clear as to why the methodical pacing of the first half was necessary. The last twenty minutes of the film are absolutely fantastic and I found the resolutions to be very interesting. I particularly enjoyed the exploration of the idea that not only can we be prisoners of certain events, we can be prisoners of our interpretation or recollection of those events. It's a really fascinating concept. follow me at https://IHATEBadMovies.com or facebook IHateBadMovies
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nmahoney416 says...
6 years ago
An ok film that has some good acting. I really didn't connect with it that much. Robert Redford doesn't a decent job directing but nothing flashy or noteworthy. Raging Bull should of won best picture and director.
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phildev says...
8 years ago
Amazing performances all round but Donald Sutherland broke my heart.
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Wuchak
4 years ago
_**Potent drama with Hutton, Sutherland, Moore and Hirsch**_

A family in an affluent neighborhood north of Chicago tries to recover after a tragedy. Timothy Hutton plays the troubled son who gets help from a therapist (Judd Hirsch) while Donald Sutherland & Mary Tyler Moore play the seemingly oka More
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