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Ordinary People Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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

  • Release date:August 26, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Judd Hirsch Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Judd Hirsch Best Supporting Actor 1980 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Redford Best Director 1980 Winner
National Board of Review Robert Redford Best Director 1980 Winner
Directors Guild of America Robert Redford Best Director 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Redford Best Director 1980 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Timothy Hutton New Star of the Year - Male 1980 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Timothy Hutton Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1980 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Timothy Hutton Best Supporting Actor 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Timothy Hutton Best Supporting Actor 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alvin Sargent Best Adapted Screenplay 1980 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alvin Sargent Best Screenplay 1980 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Donald Sutherland Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1980 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mary Tyler Moore Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mary Tyler Moore Best Actress 1980 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ronald L. Schwary Best Picture 1980 Winner

Crew

Robert Redford
Director
Ronald L. Schwary
Producer
Alvin Sargent
Screenwriter
Judith Guest
Book Author
James Glennon
Cinematographer
John Bailey
Cinematographer
Marvin Hamlisch
Composer (Music Score)
Johann Pachelbel
Featured Music
Jeff Kanew
Editor
J. Michael Riva
Art Director
Jerry Wunderlich
Set Designer
Patrick Markey
Set Designer
Bernie Pollack
Costume Designer
Rita Salazar
Costume Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Kay Rose
Supervising Sound Editor
Kay Rose
Sound Editor
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