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Ordinary People was released in 1980.
 

ORDINARY PEOPLE
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Starring Donald Sutherland as Calvin Jarrett, Timothy Hutton as Conrad Jarrett, Judd Hirsch as Tyrone Berger, and Mary Tyler Moore as Beth Jarrett, Ordinary People was released in 1980.  The film was Robert Redfordís directorial debut, and ended up winning four Oscars, including for Best Picture.  The movie received positive reviews from critics, including Roger Ebert, who considered it to be one of the best films of the 1980ís.  The film performed very well at the box office.   

This movie is about the emotional disintegration of the Jarrett family.  After their elder son dies in a boating accident, their younger son (Conrad, played by Hutton) attempts suicide, and returns to the home after a stint in a mental institution.  Conrad suffered from survivorís guilt and PTSD after having been in the same boating accident that killed his brother, and his therapist, Dr. Berger (Hirsch), attempts to help Conrad learn to cope with the tragedy. 

The patriarch of the family, Calvin Jarett (Sutherland), tries his best to connect with his younger son, while his wife, Beth (Moore), grows cold towards Conrad while at the same time attempting to maintain a normal life.  Tensions are high in the family between mother and son, and Calvin does his best to referee the fights.  In the end, Dr. Berger helps Conrad learn to deal with his emotions and cope with the tragedy.  However, ultimately we learn that it is Beth who should have been in therapy, as she leaves her family at the end of the movie.  The movie ends with Calvin and Conrad learning to deal with their new familial situation.     

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