Ordinary People details
|Starring:||Mary Tyler Moore, M. Emmet Walsh, Judd Hirsch, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth McGovern, Timothy Hutton|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Best Picture Oscar Winners|
|Run time:||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Dec 2002|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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A wonderful surpriseBy a customer from London, England , 25 Jan 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I was sceptical about this one; still, I enjoy Donald Sutherland and Robert Redford as a director is usually a good omen. But the movie is much better than I had thought. The story, the acting, and the direction -- all is great. This is a story about a family who is coming to grips with the death of their older son and the troubles their younger son is facing. The movie is much more about this teenager (unbelievably good acting by Tim Hutton!), on the verge of suicide. A must-see for anyone who loves movies like 'Shawshank Redemption' or 'Green Mile'.
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great film, bit slow to startBy a customer from London , 24 Oct 2008It's true that this film does feel to drag a bit at the beginning, but then the same could be said for the deer hunter. however by the end you realise that there is not one unnecessarry scene, shot or line. The writing is masterful. Some of the best dialogue out there, used thoughtfully and reservedly.
It's not for everyone, but if you are going to give it a go, make sure to watch it to the end....you'll be rewarded.
E£xcellent dramaBy a customer from England , 15 Oct 2008Recognizeable family situation with fine performances from Mary Tyler Moore & Donald Sutherland.
OPBy a customer from Pembrokeshire , 15 Jul 2008Already forgotten what it was about!
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As I remember it.By les reed from east London , 03 Jul 2008Having watched this film on TV many years ago, I was curious as to whether I'd still be entertained 2nd time around; I was.
Whilst not ranking as a great film, there was sufficient emotion, storyline and good actors - Timothy Hutton and Donald Sutherland - for it to be worth watching again. recommended.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008When Beth ( Mary Tyler Moore) breaks a plate in Ordinary People the significance of the action is clearly signalled to the audience, but we have no way of knowing whether Beth shares our understanding of its meaning.
Only Calvin (Donald Sutherland)and Conrad (Timothy Hutton)can motivate the flashbacks that provide the audience with some access to their thought processes, just as only Calvin and Conrad experience the talking cure of psychoanalysis.
Beth is given no chance to gain our sympathy by sharing her memories with us. She has only one scene to herself, when she enters the room of her dead son and is surprised out of her reverie by Conrad's sudden appearance behind her! The scene explicitly invokes the conventions of the "stalker" movie, with Beth as victim and Conrad as monster!
Beth is alone,and images of her isolation are intercut with shots of Conrad entering the house and climbing the stairs. The scene of Beth's reverie is silent, presented as a series of cuts between close shots of her blank, haunted expression and panning shots from nearly her viewpoint of the trophies and photographs on the wall!
The camera work outshines the dialogue by a mile. Terrific exposition of female oppresion. A must see for anyone interested in post-modern feminist issues, even after 20years.