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Ordinary People

(DVD - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class suburban Chicago family is shattered with the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide.
Title: Ordinary people
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, 2001.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Interactive menus, scene selection, theatrical trailer.
Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1980.
Based on the novel by Judith Guest.
Summary: The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class suburban Chicago family is shattered with the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide.
Audience: Rated R.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, (Hutton); Best Director (Redford); Best Picture (Schwary); Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from another Medium (Sargent), 1981
Academy Award, Best Picture, 1980.
ISBN: 0792171608
Statement of Responsibility: Paramount Pictures presents a Wildwood Enterprises production ; screenplay by Alvin Sargent ; produced by Ronald L. Schwary ; directed by Robert Redford
Credits: Director of photography, John Bailey ; edited by Jeff Kanew ; music adapted by Marvin Hamlisch.
Performers: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton.
System Details: DVD, Dolby digital ; mono.
Other Language: Closed-captioned.
English and French mono with English subtitles.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Publisher No: 08964
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List - Chicago in the Movies by: EPLReadersServices Jul 30, 2011

Academy-award winning film about the deterioration of an upper middle- class family shattered by the death of the older son, told mostly through the eyes of the guilt-ridden younger son.


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Apr 11, 2014
  • ashleysears rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This could be the story of many people who have had a child die on them. I felt of the father and the san very much.

Mar 10, 2014
  • triptophan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

good performances from the entire cast of this movie.

Feb 27, 2014
  • texasbooks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was a good movie altho it was sad at times. The mother should have been more loving and understanding to the younger son after the death of the older son in a boating accident.

Dec 26, 2013
  • richibi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a really tough movie about "Ordinary People" beset by, and needing to deal with, a family tragedy, Mary Tyler Moore outperforms every Oscar winner among the cast, not to mention any of the less celebrated others, she is riveting always and utterly unforgettable

One of the best films ever. Hutton delivers one of the greatest performances of cinema.

Jul 23, 2013
  • mike_kon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think that in order to really enjoy this movie one must watch it at least 2 or 3 times, or read the book on which the movie is based. The story is about a regular family dealing with the aftermath of a terrible tragedy which has shaken up the entire family. The father sums it up perfectly by saying, "if not for this mess everything would've been just fine". Tragic events causes us to rethink and to redefine what we believe in, and some people just want to avoid dealing with it, like the mother who says "we had enough change, let's hold on to what we have". I really enjoyed this movie, watched it a couple of times, it's deep and brilliant. For good reason did it win 4 Oscars and counless other awards and nominations.

Jun 16, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Hey! If these are really supposed to be what we call "ordinary" people then, boy, I'm tellin' ya, we are all in for a lot of really-really big trouble, folks!_____ Joyless, bleak and hopeless, I found Ordinary People to be almost suffocating in nature. Its depiction of a grossly dysfunctional, upper middle-class, American family and how they dealt with feelings of guilt, and remorse, and their clear lack of love and respect for one another was almost more than I could stand._____ This film's depressing mood didn't seem to let up for even a minute. I felt as though director Robert Redford were literally bludgeoning me over the head, repeatedly, with a non-stop barrage of family misery and gloom that was delivered straight to the skull like brutal sledgehammer blows (thankfully they missed my heart)._____ I can't believe that Ordinary People won out over Raging Bull as "Best Picture" at the 53rd Academy Awards presentation. I guess that depressing movies were all the rage back in 1980.

Jun 12, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A young man struggles with survivor's guilt after the tragic loss of his older brother. With the help of his therapist he finds ways to grow stronger just as his family is falling apart. One of my favorite movies of all time. If you like this film, try Rachel Getting Married.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not a must see, but worth a watch.

This is one of the best pictures dealing with the interaction of a troubled family due to the loss of a family member that I have seen. Even more than 30 years old, it still has the power to move the audience with the truth of the characters and their actions.

The cast is outstanding with Mary Tyler Moore especially so by playing opposite to type at that time. Timothy Hutton's sensitive performance of a teen who is suffering from without and within is expertly done and he well deserved his academy award.

If you have not seen this movie yet, I strongly urge you to do so. And you will want to see it again and again to enjoy the many levels this movie will open to you.

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Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

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Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Dr. Berger: So what are you thinking now?
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: That I jack off a lot.
Dr. Berger: So what else is new? Does it help?
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: For a minute.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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