Ordinary People

Ordinary People

Robert Redford (1980)

15 Certificate


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 Donald Sutherland
Beth Mary Tyler Moore
Berger Judd Hirsch
Conrad Timothy Hutton
Swimming coach M Emmet Walsh
Jeannine Elizabeth McGovern
Karen Dinah Manoff
Lazenby Fredric Lehne
Ray James B Sikking
Sloan Basil Hoffman
Ward Quinn Redeker
Audrey Mariclare Costello
Grandmother Meg Mundy
Stillman Adam Baldwin
Director Robert Redford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: video and DVD