ORDINARY PEOPLE

1980 **** 124 mins.

Yes, everybody, this is the film that beat Raging Bull for Best Picture and Best Director 1980. Needless to say, the Academy made a big mistake. This film is not bad, by any means, and first time director Robert Redford did a good job. It just doesn't have the staying power, versatility, and originality that Raging Bull has. Everyone involved with this film gave it his/her all, and the Oscar-winning performance by Timothy Hutton is worth a special notice. The film feels a lot longer than it is, however, and that's its major downfall. I also don't appreciate how most synopses for this film explain the whole story. We don't find out the tragedies which befell this family until relatively late in the film. I appreciated the pacing and reality of the film. All in all, it's worth watching at least once.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated R.

Starring:
Donald Sutherland + Mary Tyler Moore + Judd Hirsch + Timothy Hutton

Based on the Novel by
Judith Guest

Screenplay by
Alvin Sargent

Directed by
Robert Redford


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