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80s Film Summary for Ordinary People


An 80s movie about family drama. A man struggles to keep his family together after the passing of a loved one.

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Death usually brings a family together but this is not the case for the Jarrett family in the movie Ordinary People. Parents Beth and Calvin (played by Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland) lose one of their sons and their surviving son, Conrad (Timothy Hutton), is having a hard time accepting the loss.

Conrad is suicidal and depressed and is in therapy and since his mother had always favored his deceased brother, she cannot console him or give him the emotional support that he craves. We see a concerned father, Calvin, trying to keep his family together. Will he succeed? Find out in the movie Ordinary People.


Calvin Jarrett - Donald Sutherland
Beth Jarrett - Mary Tyler Moore
Dr. Tyrone C. Berger - Judd Hirsch
Conrad Jarrett - Timothy Hutton
Coach Salan - M Emmet Walsh
Jeannine Pratt - Elizabeth McGovern
Karen - Dinah Manoff
Lazenby - Fredric Lehne
Ray Hanley - James Sikking
Sloan - Basil Hoffman
Jordan 'Buck' Jarrett - Scott Doebler
Ward (as Quinn Redeker) - Quinn K Redeker
Audrey - Mariclare Costello
Grandmother - Meg Mundy
Ruth - Elizabeth Hubbard


Although Timothy Hutton’s father passed away a few weeks before he commenced filming for the movie Ordinary People, Hutton said that his depressed demeanor for the role had nothing to do with him grieving for his father.

Michael J Fox had auditioned for the role of Conrad Jarrett in the film Ordinary People.

Academy Awards:

Judd Hirsch won for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for the role of Dr. Berger in Ordinary People.

Timothy Hutton won for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for the role of Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People.

Mary Tyler Moore won for Best Actress In A Leading Role for the role of Beth Jarrett in Ordinary People.

Robert Redford won for Best Director for Ordinary People.

Ronald L. Schwary, Producer won for Best Picture for Ordinary People.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Ordinary People was released to theatres on 09/19/1980 by Paramount Pictures, and grossed $52,302,978 at the box office in the US.

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