The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.
Though shot through with bitterness and sorrow, Robert Redford’s directorial debut is absorbing and well-acted.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Major accolades received by Ordinary People (1980)
- Winner of Oscar’s Best Picture of the Year Academy Award.
- Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
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