Ordinary People DVD


Robert Redford made his Oscar-winning directorial debut with this highly acclaimed, poignantly observant drama (based on the novel by Judith Guest) about a well-to-do family's painful adjustment to tragedy. Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland play a seemingly happy couple who lose the elder of their two sons to a boating accident; Timothy Hutton plays the surviving teenage son, who blames himself for his brother's death and has attempted suicide to end his pain. They live in a meticulously kept home in an affluent Chicago suburb, never allowing themselves to speak... openly of the grief that threatens to tear them apart. Only when the son begins to see a psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch) does the veneer of denial begin to crack, and Ordinary People thenceforth directly examines the broken family ties and the complexity of repressed emotions that have festered under the pretence of coping. Superior performances and an Oscar-winning script by Alvin Sargent make this one of the most uncompromising dramas ever made about the psychology of dysfunctional families. There are moments--particularly related to Mary Tyler Moore's anguished performance as a woman incapable of expressing her deepest emotions--when this film is both intensely involving and heartbreakingly real. No matter how happy and healthy your upbringing was, there's something in this excellent film that everyone can relate to. --Jeff Shannon [show more]

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02 December 2002
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK) 
119 minutes 
Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen 
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This portrait of an American family coming to grips with the loss of a son stars Timothy Hutton as a suicidal teenager unable to overcome his guilt after his brother's death. Donald Sutherland is his well-meaning but ineffectual father and Mary Tyler Moore plays his cold, embittered mother. Robert Redford's directorial debut earned three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. An upper-middle-class family in suburban Chicago appears to be the perfect American family until tragedy strikes. The winner of 4 Ac ademy Awards including Best Picture. Actors: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton, M. Emmet Walsh Directors: Robert Redford Writers: Alvin Sargent, Judith Guest, Nancy Dowd Producers: Ronald L. Schwary Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English Number of discs: 1

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