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Title:
Ordinary people
Author:
Sargent, Alvin.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, 2001.

©1980
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
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.
General Note:
Widescreen collection

Special features: Interactive menus, scene selection, theatrical trailer.

Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Originally released as motion picture in 1980.

Based on the novel by Judith Guest.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
R rating, Canadian Home Video rating 14A.
ISBN:
9780792171607

9786314960858
UPC:
097360896442
Format :
DVD

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Robert Redford's directorial debut ended up the 1980 Oscar winner for Best Picture. It is a simple but painfully emotional story of the disintegration of a "perfect" family. Teenager Conrad (Timothy Hutton) lives under a cloud of guilt after his brother drowns after their boat capsizes in Lake Michigan. Despite intensive therapy sessions with his psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch), Conrad can't shake the belief that he should have died instead of his brother; nor do his preoccupied parents (Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore) offer much in the way of solace. The boy is brought out of his doldrums through his romance with Jeannine (Elizabeth McGovern). A winner in every respect, Ordinary People (adapted from the novel by Judith Guest) scores highest in the scenes with Mary Tyler Moore, who superbly and perceptively portrays a blinkered, ever-smiling suburban wife and mother for whom outward appearance is all that matters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi