Ordinary People

Ordinary People

DVD - 2001
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The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class family is shattered with the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, [2001]
Edition: DVD edition widescreen.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2001
ISBN: 9780792171607
Branch Call Number: 791.4365 ORDINARY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 30, 2020

I saw this movie forty years ago. This time, it was much better.

Mar 02, 2020

An early influence on modern horror tale, Hereditary.

Apr 05, 2018

No sound on this dvd.

Nov 22, 2017

if you want to do a compare/contrast thing, try SAY ANYTHING, paired with ORDINARY PEOPLE. who loves ya, baby? I do!

Aug 15, 2017

A poignant story filled with amazing performances!!

Sep 19, 2016

A movie that hasn't lost any potency with the years. Still as relevant as when it was made.

Jan 09, 2016

An extraordinary movie and it has a freshness in terms of its story and themes after 35 years. This is the first time I've watched it since I saw it in a theater in 1980 but it will not be the last. One of the best dramatic movies I can recall seeing.

Sep 18, 2014

Every five or ten years I see a film that I consider perfect. A great story, great character development, great lessons, and just the right amount of tension and release. This film has those characteristics of the “perfect film.” Just prior to its release, we were all impatiently waiting for our opportunity to see it. It did not disappoint. Other films I consider to be in this category would be Chinatown, The Maltese Falcon, and Double Indemnity (although I am too young to have been waiting around for the release of the latter two films). Would Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch, and Mary Tyler Moore ever get as good a chance to demonstrate their great acting chops? I think not. By the way, upon its release, the word "Ordinary" was debated. These were very wealthy people, but they had some of the same psychological problems as "Ordinary" people.

Sep 17, 2014

A fine film from director Robert Redford with wonderful and heartfelt performances from the entire cast, including Timothy Hutton as the traumatized younger son whose suicidal behavior reveals a broken family in deep crisis, and Donald Sutherland as the bewildered and heartsick dad trying desperately to glue the pieces back together.

The standout however is Mary Tyler Moore, fresh from her long-running reign on CBS's The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her performance as the anguished, embittered wife/mother who turns to stone after the death of her favorite child shocked everyone used to enjoying her weekly comedic turns as the girlish, ever-eager to please Mary Richards.

The enduring mystery is why her exemplary work in "Ordinary People" didn't launch a solid, more lasting career in films for Tyler Moore. Perhaps because of her age--she was 44 the year "Ordinary People" was released--Hollywood didn't know quite what to do with her except to offer more monster mom-type roles. (Her "Heartsounds" co-star James Garner suffered a similar disappointment at age 56 after the well-received "Murphy's Romance" failed to reignite his once thriving career as an American leading man.)

Regardless, this compelling film boasts Mary Tyler Moore's finest dramatic performance and I highly recommend it.

Apr 11, 2014

This could be the story of many people who have had a child die on them. I felt of the father and the san very much.

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Mar 27, 2011

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.


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Mar 27, 2011

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