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.
ISBN: 9780792171607
0792171608
9780792171614
0792171616
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
video file, DVD, rda
DVD
videodisc
digital, video, mono, rda

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

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rameshn116
Aug 15, 2017

A poignant story filled with amazing performances!!

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Charlie68
Sep 19, 2016

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

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seaxfamx
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.

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voisjoe1_0
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.

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mswrite
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.

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ashleysears
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.

triptophan Mar 10, 2014

good performances from the entire cast of this movie.

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texasbooks
Feb 27, 2014

It was a good movie altho it was sad at times. The mother should have been more loving and understanding to the younger son after the death of the older son in a boating accident.

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richibi
Dec 26, 2013

a really tough movie about "Ordinary People" beset by, and needing to deal with, a family tragedy, Mary Tyler Moore outperforms every Oscar winner among the cast, not to mention any of the less celebrated others, she is riveting always and utterly unforgettable

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Mar 27, 2011

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bdls206
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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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Dr. Berger: So what are you thinking now?
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: That I jack off a lot.
Dr. Berger: So what else is new? Does it help?
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: For a minute.

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