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Ordinary People (1980)

Robert Redford, Timothy Hutton, Mary Tyler Moore
Release Date: 08/14/2001 
Label:  Paramount Video   Catalog #: 89644  

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Devastated by the loss of their older son, well-to-do suburban couple Calvin (Donald Sutherland) and Beth (Mary Tyler Moore) are trying to rebuild their lives after their younger son, Conrad (Timothy Hutton), attempts suicide. While Beth, who always favored the elder son, retreats into an icy, emotionless shell, Calvin tries to draw Conrad back into the family and into life as a teenager. Conrad sings in the choir and returns to the swim team, but both his brother's death and his own experiences traumatize him. Conrad reluctantly begins therapy sessions with Berger (Judd Hirsch), which allow him some respite from the unbearable grief and guilt he carries with him. As Conrad makes strides, Calvin realizes that he no longer knows his wife and Read more is both saddened and angered by how seemingly emotionless she has become. A classic portrait of family life in the face of tragedy, Robert Redford’s award-winning directorial debut is moving and thought provoking. Based on the novel by Judith Guest, the film features the debuts of Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern as well as breakthrough performances from Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland.

Directed by Robert Redford. Starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton, Judd Hirsch, Basil Hoffman.

Video Format: Widescreen
Color: Color
Audio Format: HiFi, Surround Sound, Stereo Sound
# of Discs: 1
Country of Origin: USA
Original Languages: English
Dubbed Languages: French
Region 1
Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85

Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Digital Mono - English
Dolby Digital Mono - French

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