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
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It's ironic (maybe intentionally so) that Buck dies by drowning when he is a champion swimmer. Buck has won so many awards for his performance on the swim team over the years, and yet Lake Michigan ends up killing him in spite of this. It is also ironic that Conrad, the lesser swimmer, less awarded and lower on the totem pole with the swim team, survives the storm and makes it safely to shore with boat in tow. See more »
When Conrad lies down on his bed before calling Jeannine, there is a bulletin board behind his head, on the wall above the bed. The bulletin board is missing in all other bedroom scenes, both before and after this scene. Also, taking these scenes at face value, Conrad's bedroom is maybe 5 or 6 yards wide with windows on opposite walls. None of the front or back exterior shots of the house show a space that could include this room configuration. See more »
Powerful film with a very delicate theme treated like a light feather. Ordinary People is the bearer of a strong message that scratches the minds of those who look with a different eye to this type of cinema, all due to the great Alvin Sargent. Film that succeeds both in the spectacular cast where a poignant and deep Timothy Hutton stands out; but also succeeds in the simple but effective direction of Robert Redford to tell an apparent simple story, with an almost disturbing intense psychology. Timeless masterpiece that inspired the cinema of the following generations.
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