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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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Calvin
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Beth
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Berger
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Conrad
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Swim Coach
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Jeannine
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Karen
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Joe
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Ray (as James B. Sikking)
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Sloan
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Ward (as Quinn Redeker)
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Audrey
Meg Mundy ...
Grandmother
Elizabeth Hubbard ...
Ruth
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Stillman
Richard Whiting ...
Grandfather
Scott Doebler ...
Buck
Carl DiTomasso ...
Van Buren
Tim Clarke ...
Truan
Ken Dishner ...
Genthe
Lisa Smyth ...
Gail
Ann Eggert ...
Mitzi
Randall Robbins ...
Bryce
Cynthia Baker ...
Ms. Mellon (as Cynthia Baker Johnson)
John Stimpson ...
John
Liz Kinney ...
Liz
Steven Hirsch ...
Mack (as Steve Hirsch)
Rudy Hornish ...
Ed
Clarissa Downey ...
Chris
Cynthia Burke ...
Annie
Jane Alderman ...
Linda
Paul Preston ...
Dennis
Gustave Lachenauer ...
Gus
Marilyn Rockafellow ...
Sarah
Don Billett ...
Philip
Ronald Solomon ...
Joel
Virginia Long ...
Choir Director
Paula Segal ...
Shopper
Estelle Meyers ...
Saleslady
Stuart Shiff ...
Waiter
Rose Wool ...
Waitress
Douglas Kinney ...
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Constance Addington ...
Actress
Edwin Bederman ...
McDonald's Manager
Bobby Coyne ...
Young Buck
Michael Creadon ...
Young Conrad
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Randy De Troit ...
Man on Bridge (uncredited)
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Directed by

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Robert Redford

Written by

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Judith Guest ... (novel)
 
Alvin Sargent ... (screenplay)
 
Nancy Dowd ... () (uncredited)

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Ronald L. Schwary ... producer

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John Bailey ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jeff Kanew

Editorial Department

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Jay Friedkin ... apprentice editor
Carol Ann Jackson ... assistant editor
Marilyn Madderom ... assistant editor
Kathy Orloff ... apprentice editor

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Penny Perry

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Phillip Bennett
J. Michael Riva

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William B. Fosser ... (as William Fosser)
Jerry Wunderlich

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Bernie Pollack

Makeup Department

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Joel Israel ... hair stylist: Ms. Moore
Gary Liddiard ... makeup artist
Jean Burt Reilly ... hair stylist (as Jean Burke Reilly)
Kathe Swanson ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Ronald L. Schwary ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Michael Britton ... second assistant director (as Michael L. Britton)
Steve Perry ... first assistant director (as Steven H. Perry)
Tom Seidman ... dga trainee

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Donald R. Abblett ... standby painter (as Donald Abblett)
Edward Aiona ... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Richard Boris ... greensman
Herman Lowers ... construction coordinator (as Herman O. Lowers)
Willie Marceau ... head carpenter
William Powley ... construction painter
Chuck Stein ... construction foreman (as Charles J. Stein)

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Kathleen Korth ... assistant sound editor (as Kathy Korth)
Gregg Landaker ... re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow ... re-recording mixer
Kay Rose ... supervising sound editor
Jerry Rosenthal ... sound editor (as Gerald Rosenthal)
Victoria Rose Sampson ... sound editor (as Victoria Sampson)
Kenneth Schwarz ... boom man (as Kenny Schwarz)
Bill Varney ... re-recording mixer
Charles M. Wilborn ... sound mixer (as Charles Wilborn)
John S. Coffey ... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Ken Dufva ... foley artist (uncredited)
Harry Keramidas ... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director of sound (uncredited)

Stunts

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Richard Epper ... stunt double (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John D. Crededio ... gaffer: Chicago (as John Credidio)
James Glennon ... camera operator
Clyde Hart ... key grip
Tommy Magglos ... second assistant camera
Robert McLain ... key grip: Chicago (as Bob McLean)
Ronald W. McLeish ... gaffer (as Ronald W. McLeisch)
Lou Noto ... first assistant camera (as Louis Noto)
Marcia Reed ... still photographer

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Robert M. Moore ... wardrobe: men (as Robert Moore)
Rita Salazar ... wardrobe: women

Location Management

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Patrick Markey ... location manager

Music Department

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Scott Grusin ... assistant music editor
Marvin Hamlisch ... music adaptor
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer
Larry Blank ... choral conductor (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser ... soundtrack producer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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James Hogan ... co-captain: Chicago (as James P. Hogan)
Michael McDuffee ... transportation captain (as Mike McDuffee)
Gerald R. Molen ... transportation coordinator (as Jerry Molen)

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Jim Berkenstadt ... legal: Unredited
Jack Hirshberg ... unit publicist
Mary Cay Hollander ... production coordinator
Patricia Matzdorff ... secretary: Mr. Schwary
Robbie Miller ... secretary: Mr. Redford (as Robbi Miller)
Patricia Newcomb ... publicity consultant
Phill Norman ... title designer
Grant Olson ... craft service
Dennis Park ... assistant accountant
Julie Pitkanen ... script supervisor
Teresa Skinner ... associate: Wildwood
Bob Waits ... assistant: Mr. Sutherland
Rusty Warren ... production accountant
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Des gens comme les autres (France)
  • Eine ganz normale Familie (Germany)
  • Gente corriente (Spain)
  • Anashim Pshutim (Israel, Hebrew title)
  • Paprasti žmones (Lithuania)
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  • 124 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Timothy Hutton's father, actor Jim Hutton, passed away prior to filming. However, Hutton stated he did not use his mourning as a basis for Conrad's depression. Also, actress Mary Tyler Moore's son, Richie Meeker, accidentally shot himself a month after the film's release. Moore was also separated from her husband, producer Grant Tinker, during filming. See more »
Goofs When Karen and Conrad at the restaurant, the straw in Karen hands starts unwrapped, then becomes wrapped, and then suddenly jumps into the Coke. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Give Me Your Answer True (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Canon in D major See more »
Quotes Conrad "Con" Jarrett: [Berger is pretending to be Buck, Con's older brother] Bucky, I didn't mean it! Bucky, I didn't mean it!
Dr. Berger: What?
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: I said put the sail down, but you said keep it starboard, and then we go over! And you say "Hang on, Hang on!", but then you let go! Why'd you let go?
Dr. Berger: Because I was tired!
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: Oh yeah? Well, screw you, you jerk!
Dr. Berger: [Back in reality] It hurts to be mad at him, doesn't it?
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: God, I loved him. It's not fair. You just do one wrong thing, and...
Dr. Berger: And what was the one wrong thing you did? You know. You know.
Conrad "Con" Jarrett: I hung on. I stayed with the boat.
Dr. Berger: Exactly.
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