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Ordinary People (1980)

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

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Ruth
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Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Everything is in its proper place... Except the past. See more »

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26 February 1981 (Italy)  »

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Gente como uno  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$54,800,000 (USA)
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Redford was accused of stunt casting when he cast America's Sweethheart, Laura Petrie and Mary Richards, as b_____ on wheels Beth Jarrett. But Redford proved them all wrong when Mary delivered a star caliber performance and even won an Oscar nomination. See more »

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When Conrad enters the elevator to Dr. Berger's office for the first time, his hair changes length and style between shots. See more »

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Conrad "Con" Jarrett: Anyway.
Jeannine: Hm, what?
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: Oh just anyway. It's a conversation starter.
Jeannine: Hm, catchy.
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: I knew you'd like it, I've been working on it all day.
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Referenced in Moonlight Mile (2002) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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This movie saved my life
8 October 2004 | by (Moscow, Idaho) – See all my reviews

I was 16 years old in 1984 when I first saw this movie. I was also clinically depressed and suicidal. I had been on antidepressants for about a year (in the pre-prozac days) and I happened to see this movie on Showtime or HBO - almost by accident. Timothy Hutton perfectly captures what it's like to be depressed as a teenager. And Judd Hirsch and Hutton perfectly capture the patient/therapist relationship. There are also a few perfect little scenes that capture the problems of a family that can't communicate. Especially memorable is the scene where Calvin tells Beth about the shoes he wore to Buck's funeral. This film captures all of the important moments like this that truly demonstrate the problems the family is having. After seeing it, I read the book and I knew that if Conrad could go on, so could I. I watch this movie once every few years. It really means a lot to me.


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