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Ordinary People

Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together.

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Released: Feb 27th, 1981
Budget: $6,000,000.00
Revenue: N/A

Ordinary People Main Cast

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Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
plays Calvin
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
plays Beth
Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
plays Berger
Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
plays Conrad
M. Emmet Walsh
M. Emmet Walsh
plays Swim Coach
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • The first draft took a year and a half to write, and the second took another year, as it was very difficult to adapt a novel which featured very heavy dialogue with almost no descriptions of characters or settings.
  • Film debuts of both Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): When Karen and Conrad are at the restaurant and Karen is leaving, the Cokes have disappeared from the table.
  • Before casting Mary Tyler Moore, director Robert Redford had Lee Remick in mind for the role of Beth. His old friend Natalie Wood was also interested in the role of Beth but he informed her that he thought her wrong for the part.
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