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7.8

Ordinary People (1980)

Ordinary People
Running time: 123 min. | Genre: Psychological Drama, Adolescence, Family, Drama
Ordinary People

Synopsis

Teen-aged brothers and best friends Buck and Conrad Jarrett were involved in a boating accident which claimed Buck's life. Shortly thereafter, Conrad tried to commit suicide. After a four month hospitalization, Conrad is back in his upper middle class suburban Chicago home with his parents, Calvin and Beth Jarrett. The Jarretts collectively are publicly trying to get on with their lives, Conrad who is back at high school in his senior year partaking in his old activities such as the swim team and choir. But things in the Jarrett household are not all right. Although stating he is unsure why he decides to do so, Conrad restarts his psychiatric therapy outside of the hospital with a Dr. Berger. This therapy may be able to uncover the reasons for the Jarrett's collective unhappiness, and leads each to examine not only the overall family dynamic but the individual relationships with each of the other two.

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Director (Robert Redford)
WINNER
Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton)
WINNER
Best Picture
WINNER
Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER
Best Leading Actress (Mary Tyler Moore)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Judd Hirsch)
NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

Best Picture - Drama
WINNER
Best Director (Robert Redford)
WINNER
Best Leading Actress - Drama (Mary Tyler Moore)
WINNER
Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton)
WINNER
Best Upcoming Actor (Timothy Hutton)
WINNER
Best Leading Actor - Drama (Donald Sutherland)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Judd Hirsch)
NOMINATED
Best Screenplay
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Best Leading Actress (Mary Tyler Moore)
NOMINATED
Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film (Timothy Hutton)
NOMINATED

Directors Guild of America (DGA)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film (Robert Redford)
WINNER

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton)
WINNER

New York Film Critics Circle

Best Picture
WINNER
Best Director (Robert Redford)
NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress (Mary Tyler Moore)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton)
NOMINATED

Best Picture
WINNER
Top 10 - Movies of the Year
WINNER
Best Director (Robert Redford)
WINNER

Details

Original title

Ordinary People

Director

Robert Redford

Producer

Paramount Pictures

Running time

123 min.

Screenwriter

Alvin Sargent (Novela: Judith Guest)

Music

Varios

Cinematography

John Bailey

Year

1980

Country

United States United States

Ranking

IMDb
7.8

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