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Ordinary People

Ordinary People

Robert Redford (1980)

15 Certificate
Wednesday 9:50am - 12pm Sky Cinema Drama & Romance
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Our Score
A critically acclaimed blockbuster in its time, Ordinary People won four Oscars, including best film and best director for Robert Redford, stepping behind the camera for the first time. There is one truly great performance from Mary Tyler Moore as the thin, elegant, golfing and social-mixing mother strung tighter than a piano wire, and she is ably assisted by Donald Sutherland and Timothy Hutton, who won a best supporting actor Oscar. Even though there is something very pat about Redford's exposition of the seemingly cosy middle-class family simmering with unconscious angst after the death of a son, and the movie has appeared more banal and obvious with the passage of time, this is still an auspicious directorial debut that stands as one of the first films to deal intelligently with the role of therapy.


A wealthy American family faces upheaval and heartbreak following the tragic death of the eldest son in a boating accident. His brother finds it particularly hard to cope, convincing himself that he should have died instead, and finds little solace in his parents. Robert Redford's directorial debut won four Oscars including Best Film, and stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton.

Cast & Crew

Calvin Jarrett Donald Sutherland
Beth Jarrett Mary Tyler Moore
Dr Tyrone C Berger Judd Hirsch
Conrad Jarrett Timothy Hutton
Jeannine Pratt Elizabeth McGovern
Coach Salan M Emmet Walsh
Karen Dinah Manoff
Lazenby Fredric Lehne
Director Robert Redford
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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