Ordinary People Movie Review 1980

Information and Film Reviews for Ordinary People the Movie

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Powerful, well-acted story of a family's struggle to deal with one son's accidental death and the other's subsequent guilt-ridden suicide attempt. Features strong performances by all, but Moore is especially believable as the cold and rigid mother. McGovern's film debut as well as Redford's directorial debut. Based on the novel by Judith Guest.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 124 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Family Drama, Suicide
Alvin Sargent
Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton, Judd Hirsch, M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth McGovern, Adam Baldwin, Dinah Manoff, James B. Sikking, Frederic Lehne
John Bailey
Robert Redford
Marvin Hamlisch
Wildwood Enterprises, Paramount Pictures


Oscars 1980: Adapt. Screenplay, Director (Redford), Picture, Support. Actor (Hutton); Directors Guild 1980: Director (Redford); Golden Globes 1981: Actress--Drama (Moore), Director (Redford), Film--Drama, Support. Actor (Hutton); L.A. Film Critics 1980: Support. Actor (Hutton); Natl. Bd. of Review 1980: Director (Redford); N.Y. Film Critics 1980: Film; Writers Guild 1980: Adapt. Screenplay.

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