An extraordinary motion picture, Ordinary People is an intense examination of a family being torn apart by tension and tragedy. Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore star as the upper-middle-class couple whose "ordinary" existence is irrevocably shattered by the death of their oldest son in a boating accident. Timothy Hutton is the younger son, struggling against suicide and guilt left by the drowning. Judd Hirsch is the empathetic psychiatrist who provides his lifeline to survival. Mary Tyler Moore gives a riveting portrayal of the inexplicably aloof mother. Robert Redford's achievement as director after more than twenty years as a superstar in front of the camera, earned him and Oscar®. Superb performances and masterful direction complement the award-winning screenplay, based upon the novel by Judith Guest.

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Ordinary People (1980)

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Drama · 2h 4m · 9/19/1980

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An extraordinary motion picture, Ordinary People is an intense examination of a family being torn apart by tension and tragedy. Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore star as the upper-middle-class couple whose "ordinary" existence is irrevocably shattered by the death of their oldest son in a boating accident. Timothy Hutton is the younger son, struggling against suicide and guilt left by the drowning. Judd Hirsch is the empathetic psychiatrist who provides his lifeline to survival. Mary Tyler Moore gives a riveting portrayal of the inexplicably aloof mother. Robert Redford's achievement as director after more than twenty years as a superstar in front of the camera, earned him and Oscar®. Superb performances and masterful direction complement the award-winning screenplay, based upon the novel by Judith Guest.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Companies

Paramount Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises

Budget

$6,000,000

Revenue

$54,800,000
Part Of
Cast
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Donald Sutherland

Calvin Jarrett
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Mary Tyler Moore

Beth Jarrett
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Judd Hirsch

Doctor Berger
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Timothy Hutton

Conrad
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M. Emmet Walsh

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Elizabeth McGovern

Jeannine Pratt
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Dinah Manoff

Karen
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Fredric Lehne

Joe Lazenby
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James Sikking

Ray (as James B. Sikking)
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Basil Hoffman

Sloan
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Quinn K. Redeker

Ward (as Quinn Redeker)
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Mariclare Costello

Audrey
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Meg Mundy

Grandmother
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Elizabeth Hubbard

Ruth
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Adam Baldwin

Stillman
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Richard Whiting

Grandfather
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Scott Doebler

Buck
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Carl DiTomasso

Van Buren
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Tim Clarke

Truan
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Ken Dishner

Genthe
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Lisa Smyth

Gail
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Ann Eggert

Mitzi
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Randall Robbins

Bryce
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Cynthia Baker

Ms. Mellon (as Cynthia Baker Johnson)
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John Stimpson

John
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Liz Kinney

Liz
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Steven Hirsch

Mack (as Steve Hirsch)
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Rudy Hornish

Ed
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Clarissa Downey

Chris
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Cynthia Burke

Annie
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Jane Alderman

Linda
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Paul Preston

Dennis
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Gustave Lachenauer

Gus
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Marilyn Rockafellow

Sarah
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Don Billett

Philip
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Ronald Solomon

Joel
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Virginia Long

Choir Director
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Paula Segal

Shopper
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Estelle Meyers

Saleslady
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Stuart Shiff

Waiter
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Rose Wool

Waitress
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Douglas Kinney

Actor
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Constance Addington

Actress
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Edwin Bederman

McDonald's Manager
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Bobby Coyne

Young Buck
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Michael Creadon

Young Conrad
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Randy De Troit

Man on Bridge (uncredited)
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Michael T. Weiss

Extra (uncredited)
Crew
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Robert Redford

Director
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Judith Guest

Writer
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Alvin Sargent

Writer
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Nancy Dowd

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Ordinary People

(DVD, Snapper)

2/3/2009

Disc Title Front Cover

Ordinary People

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

3/29/2022

Disc Title Front Cover

Ordinary People

(DVD)

1/8/2013

Disc Title Front Cover

Ordinary People

(DVD)

8/14/2001

Disc Title Front Cover

Ordinary People

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

Ordinary People

(DVD)

8/14/2001

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