Ordinary People

Everything in its proper place... except the past
Everything in its proper place... except the past

ORDINARY PEOPLE (15)

D: Robert Redford
Paramount/Wildwood (Ronald L. Schwary)
US 1980
124 mins
 
Drama
 
W: Alvin Sargent [based on the novel by Judith Guest]
DP: John Bailey
Ed: Jeff Kanew
Mus: Marvin Hamlisch
 

Donald Sutherland (Calvin Jarrett), Mary Tyler Moore (Beth Jarrett), Timothy Hutton (Conrad Jarrett), Judd Hirsch (Dr. Tyrone C. Berger), Elizabeth McGovern (Jeannine Pratt)
 

Ordinary People is a rather ordinary movie. Perhaps a controversial opinion considering this film was named Best Picture by the 1980 Academy Awards.

It's a drama about an affluent New England family trying to cope with the death of the eldest son.

The performances are all excellent, especially Timothy Hutton as the youngest son & brother of the deceased member, struggling in school and sent to a Jewish psychiatrist to overcome his grief.

It may well be a solid adaptation of Judith Guest's tearjerker novel, but perhaps the drama would've been more powerful had the family been less well-heeled and more like "ordinary people".

Robert Redford does a decent job turning from Hollywood leading man to director, but I honestly can't believe this was named Best Film of 1980 over Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull.

6/10

Mary Tyler Moore & Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People
Mary Tyler Moore & Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People