Ordinary People

Ordinary People (1980)

Everything is in its proper place...except the past.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1980-09-19
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 320 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 4min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
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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.

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  • Donald Sutherland

    as Calvin Jarrett
  • Mary Tyler Moore

    as Beth Jarrett
  • Judd Hirsch

    as Dr. Tyrone C. Berger
  • Timothy Hutton

    as Conrad Jarrett
  • M. Emmet Walsh

    as Coach Salan
  • Elizabeth McGovern

    as Jeannine Pratt
  • Dinah Manoff

    as Karen
  • Fredric Lehne

    as Lazenby
  • James Sikking

    as Ray Hanley
  • Basil Hoffman

    as Sloan
  • Scott Doebler

    as Jordan 'Buck' Jarrett
  • Quinn K. Redeker

    as Ward
  • Mariclare Costello

    as Audrey
  • Meg Mundy

    as Grandmother
  • Elizabeth Hubbard

    as Ruth
  • Adam Baldwin

    as Stillman
  • Richard Whiting

    as Grandfather
Camera John Bailey Director of Photography
Directing Robert Redford Director
Costume & Make-Up Bernie Pollack Costume Design
Production Ronald L. Schwary Producer
Production Ronald L. Schwary Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Jean Burt Reilly Hairstylist
Writing Alvin Sargent Screenplay
Art J. Michael Riva Art Direction
Sound Marvin Hamlisch Original Music Composer
Art Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration
Editing Jeff Kanew Editor
Production Nancy Dowd Unit Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Kathe Swanson Hairstylist
Writing Judith Guest Novel
Production Penny Perry Casting
Art Phillip Bennett Art Direction
Art William B. Fosser Set Decoration
Sound Kay Rose Supervising Sound Editor
Directing Julie Pitkanen Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Gary Liddiard Makeup Artist
Production Mary Cay Hollander Production Coordinator
Camera Marcia Reed Still Photographer
Lighting Ronald W. McLeish Gaffer
Costume & Make-Up Joel Israel Hairstylist