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Ordinary People
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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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Ordinary People

1 year, 5 months 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

A very good movie

2 months, 3 weeks ago at Jun 9 10:21
It has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should probably re-watch it at some point. Honestly, I always found it rather difficult to judge this movie. Indeed, back in those days, the best movie released at that time was obviously ‘Raging Bull’ so the fact that this movie eventually won the Best Picture Academy Award was always quite controversial. And, yet, I still think it is ac... 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
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A very good movie

“It has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should probably re-watch it at some point. Honestly, I always found it rather difficult to judge this movie. Indeed, back in those days, the best movie released at that time was obviously ‘Raging Bull’ so the fact that this movie eventually won the Best Picture Academy Award was always quite controversial. And, yet, I still think it is actually a really good drama though. Indeed, for various reasons, I always thought that psychology is a rather fascinating subject but not only you don’t get many movies dealing with this topic but most of them give a rather unrealistic and colorful image of such patients (see for example ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’ or ‘Girl, Interrupted’). Well, this movie gave one of the most conv” read more

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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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