Ordinary People (1980)

Directed By – Robert Redford

Screenplay By – Alvin Sargent

Cinematography By – John Bailey

Starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch & Timothy Hutton

124 min.

Few movies hit on a realness the way Ordinary People does. On the outside Ordinary People is just about a white-suburban family, but Ordinary People is more complex than that, and labeling it as being about love or family or recovery is a disservice to this movie. Ordinary People also touches on the American taboo of the favorite child and therapy. Nowadays therapy isn’t as taboo as it was back when this was made, but the idea of a parent openly having a favorite child is still practically unheard of.

Ordinary People was up for a Best Picture award and for good reason. There are many reasons to watch this movie and one is because it is damn good.

God Bless America


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