Monday, July 23, 2012

Tuesday Movie: Ordinary People

Ordinary People came out in 1980 and was Robert Redford's directorial debut.  I didn't see it in the theater, but years later as an adult.  I always thought of Mary Tyler Moore as the cute and spunky characters she played on TV from the Dick Van Dyke show to the Mary Tyler Moore show.  After seeing her in this film, I never saw her in the same light. She showed she had some serious acting chops, but she didn't win the Oscar for her performance.  The fact that Donald Sutherland was not nominated for his performance was considered one of the biggest acting snubs in Academy history. It's a great film about the dynamics of a family.  Yes, it's sad, but damn it's good. Another reason I like this film is that an X rated version of it was mentioned in one of my all time favorite movies, The Fisher King.


  1. Ordinary People was a very powerful movie. I agree - both Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore gave remarkable performances. I read the book as well and this is one of those rare times when the movie haunts me more than the book.

    1. I haven't read the book and I haven't seen this movie in a long time. I think I may take my own advice and rent it:)

    2. I think I just might watch it again too!

  2. It's been a long time since I saw this movie but I remember being blown away by it. Such a powerful film. I may need to watch it again too now after reading about it.


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