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Ordinary People

HD   R Closed Captioning

Robert Redford

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About the Movie

An extraordinary motion picture, Ordinary People is an intense examination of a family being torn apart by tension and tragedy. Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore star as the upper-middle-class couple whose "ordinary" existence is irrevocably shattered by the death of their oldest son in a boating accident. Timothy Hutton is the younger son, struggling against suicide and guilt left by the drowning. Judd Hirsch is the empathetic psychiatrist who provides his lifeline to survival. Mary Tyler Moore gives a riveting portrayal of the inexplicably aloof mother. Robert Redford’s achievement as director, after more than twenty years as a superstar in front of the camera, earned him an Oscar®. Superb performances and masterful direction complement the award-winning screenplay, based upon the novel by Judith Guest.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 42
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A moving, intelligent and funny film about disasters that are commonplace to everyone except the people who experience them. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jan 10, 2014

Fresh: An austere and delicate examination of the ways in which a likable family falters under pressure and struggles, with ambiguous results, to renew itself. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A powerfully intimate domestic drama. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Feb 27, 2018

Fresh: The movie stands as a luminous portrait of the tragic tone and style of a middle-class life that aspires to nothing beyond materialistic comfort. It seems like a small tragedy. But it's not. – Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe, Apr 25, 2018

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Customer Reviews

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Ordinary People is a beautiful film that pulls off saying so much with so little and leaves a big impact on you as well as a love for the life you've got. I wont' tell you what it's about as iTunes has done that for me. Mary Tyler Moore's deserved Oscar winning character is nothing short of brilliant as the depth for her is there, you've just got to dare yourself to find it. The film is simple, yet complex. It's about self discovery and forgiveness and I can say for sure that they don't make films like this anymore and it's a shame.


This movie is wonderful! It has a way of grabbing you and keeping you there for the ride! So simple yet has such a statement! It's hard to not be apart of the movie and feel what is going on. I think in a way this movie represents so many of us and problems in our own lives! This is a must see!

Redford's directorial debut

Intelligent, touching and emotionally charged.

Robert Redford's "Ordinary People" is anything but ordinary. As told from the perspective of Conrad (Timothy Hutton), a troubled youth plagued with guilt over a family tragedy he is determined to make his own. Feeling disconnected from his peers and parents he befriends his psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch) and together they set out on a journey of self discovery that will shake the delicate fabric of not only his life, but of everyone around him.