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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

105 Ratings

105 Ratings

90% TOMATOMETER

  • Average 7.8/10
  • Fresh 38
  • Rotten 4

Critics Consensus: Though shot through with bitterness and sorrow, Robert Redford's directorial debut is absorbing and well-acted.

14+ COMMON SENSE

Story of emotional honesty is best for teens and up.

Information

Studio
Paramount
Genre
Drama
Released
Copyright
© 1980 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Languages

Primary
English (Stereo)
Additional
Dutch (Subtitles), French (Subtitles, Stereo), Italian (Subtitles), Spanish (Subtitles, Stereo), Spanish (Spain) (Subtitles)

Accessibility

CC
Closed captions refer to subtitles in the available language with addition of relevant nondialogue information.

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