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This portrait of an American family coming to grips with the loss of a son stars Timothy Hutton as a suicidal teenager unable to overcome his guilt after his brother's death. Donald Sutherland is his well-meaning but ineffectual father and Mary Tyler Moore plays his cold, embittered mother. Robert Redford's directorial debut earned three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Robert Redford made his Oscar-winning directorial debut with this highly acclaimed, poignantly observant drama (based on the novel by Judith Guest) about a well-to-do family's painful adjustment to tragedy. Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland play a seemingly happy couple who lose the elder of their two sons to a boating accident; Timothy Hutton plays the surviving teenage son, who blames himself for his brother's death and has attempted suicide to end his pain. They live in a meticulously kept home in an affluent Chicago suburb, never allowing themselves to speak openly of the grief that threatens to tear them apart. Only when the son begins to see a psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch) does the veneer of denial begin to crack, and Ordinary People thenceforth directly examines the broken family ties and the complexity of repressed emotions that have festered under the pretence of coping. Superior performances and an Oscar-winning script by Alvin Sargent make this one of the most uncompromising dramas ever made about the psychology of dysfunctional families. There are moments--particularly related to Mary Tyler Moore's anguished performance as a woman incapable of expressing her deepest emotions--when this film is both intensely involving and heartbreakingly real. No matter how happy and healthy your upbringing was, there's something in this excellent film that everyone can relate to. --Jeff Shannon
Really enjoyed the film, an in depth heart-felt look at a young man's loss of his older brother and how he tries to cope with it. Superbly acted out also.Published 8 days ago by MJ
Amazing. A must watch film. The acting is incredible. No wonder Timothy Hutton won the Oscar for that film. Emotional from the very start!!Published 26 days ago by Sam
One of my all time favourite films.
Mary Tyler Moore's performance is mesmerising.
The cast are excellent and to get the story you need to watch it a couple of time. Read more
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This was Robert Redfords first movie as director. It is a nuanced, painful portrayal of a family and loss - where a mother is just incapable of demonstrating love for her youngest... Read morePublished 7 months ago by PJM
Good portrayal of a family broken apart by death and the role of the counsellor in helping to rebuilding the life of the son.Published 8 months ago by Beverley C.