Ordinary People

Ordinary People

Movie: Ordinary People
Director: Robert Redford
Produced by: Paramount, Wildwood
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MPAA Rating: R

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 lives under a cloud of guilt after his brother drowns after their boat capsizes in Lake Michigan. Despite intensive therapy sessions with his psychiatrist, Conrad can’t shake the belief that he should have died instead of his brother, nor do his preoccupied parents offer much in the way of solace. The boy is brought out of his doldrums through his romance with Jeannine. A winner in every respect, Ordinary People 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.

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