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Ordinary People
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(198 ratings)
7.9 IMDB rating

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Judd Hirsch

Judd Hirsch

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M. Emmet Walsh

M. Emmet Walsh

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Alvin Sargent

Alvin Sargent

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2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 7 18:41
A very interesting story about the emotional roller coaster that a dysfunctional family went through because of the tragic, premature and accidental death of one of their children. "Conrad" Timothy Hutton (French Kiss) very deservingly won an Oscar for the part of the surviving son. Conrad was a very sensitive young man, who learned how to cope with depression after the death of his brother, and w... read more

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7 months, 1 week ago at Mar 27 21:16
I still don’t think that Ordinary People deserved a few of its Oscar wins over Raging Bull, but it’s easy to see why this film was so beloved by voters. It’s not as boundary pushing as Scorsese’s character portrait, but it tells a simple, yet devastating, story of a well-to-do family disintegrating after the death of their oldest son. As an upper-class couple more concerned with appearance... read more
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Description: With the pain from the death of their older son still fresh, Calvin and Beth try to help their remaining son, Conrad, recover from a suicide attempt. Overcome with guilt and grief related ... Full Descriptionto his brother's death, Conrad tries to return to the life of a normal high school student but finds it difficult, with memor ... (more)
Release date: 27 February 1981
UPC: 097360896442
Drama (14), Suicide (8), Dysfunctional Family (7), Coming Of Age (6), Marriage (6), Teen (6), Illinois (6), Suburbia (5), Family (5), Based On Novel (5), Tragedy (5), Grief (5), 1980s (4), Middle Class (4), Flashback Sequence (4), Dream Sequence (4), 1980 (4), Restaurant (4), Play (4), Love (4)
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Ordinary People

“I still don’t think that Ordinary People deserved a few of its Oscar wins over Raging Bull, but it’s easy to see why this film was so beloved by voters. It’s not as boundary pushing as Scorsese’s character portrait, but it tells a simple, yet devastating, story of a well-to-do family disintegrating after the death of their oldest son. As an upper-class couple more concerned with appearances than properly displaying emotions, Ordinary People sees this family flailing about trying to kept it together, deal with the past, and move on from it.

The film mostly follows the exploits of the teenaged son, Conrad (Timothy Hutton, in his debut film role), as he returns home from an extended stay in a mental institution. Conrad is living under a dark cloud of guilt and is begging his” read more

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