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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 80
Notable as: Coming of ageGenre: Family Drama, Coming of age, Existentialism, Film adaptation, DramaMain subject: dysfunctional familyRuntime: 119 - 124 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Robert RedfordScreenwriter: Alvin Sargent, Judith GuestBased on: Ordinary PeopleMusic: Marvin HamlischCinematography: John BaileyStars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton, M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth McGovern, Dinah Manoff, James Sikking, Mariclare Costello Producer: Ronald L. SchwaryAwards won: Academy Award for Best Director (Robert Redford)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Ronald L. Schwary)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Timothy Hutton)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Alvin Sargent)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress (Mary Tyler Moore)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Judd Hirsch)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. It stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. The story concerns the disintegration of an upper-middle class family in Lake Forest, Illinois, following the death of one of their sons in a boating accident. The screenplay by Alvin Sargent was based upon the 1976 novel Ordinary People by Judith Guest. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning four Oscars, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.


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