Ordinary People

Lists: Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989, Best Picture Winners from the 1980s, Film Quest 2018, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Drama

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 635 (Rank from 1980: # 5)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi97
Dan O'Neill90(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest72
Daniel Prinn at Daniel's Film Reviews70

People Involved

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