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« on: March 16, 2005, 08:23:57 PM »

I only saw the first part of this movie which was a little dull for me but I guessed I assumed wrong because I heard from others this is a great movie. I feel guilty about making assumptions about a movie that I barely watched but I still don't think it as good as Raging Bull, which is one of the greatest films.

So since I didn't see the rest of the movie, feel free to share some insight on whether it was great, good, or gag material.
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2005, 08:51:51 PM »

I only saw this once, years ago,but I remember saying,great acting but the storyline depressed the hell out of me,but the acting especially by Timothy Hutton (did he win an Oscar?) and Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore was the thing that I always remember.I've seen Raging Bull a couple of times and always a little surprised everyone raves about it.I mean it wasn't a bad film but can understand why the "Academy" chose Ordinary People over it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2005, 10:28:47 PM »

Ordinary People is fine, even good for what it is, but it plays as the best made-for-TV weeper never made for television.

Tim Hutton is good in it (and yes, he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar that year, over Pesci in Raging Bull, Michael O'Keefe in The Great Santini, Jason Robards in Melvin & Howard and co-star Judd Hirsch), and Mary Tyler Moore was a revelation playing a cold-hearted b!tch. Actually I think Moore even deserved the Oscar over her competition (Sissy Spacek won for playing Loretta Lynn in Cola Miner's Daughter), as she was especially convincing and added layers to her role. Donald Sutherland is good, but he is given much less to do than the other two leads, and Hirsch does fine as the shrink (in a part supposed to be played by Gene Hackman, who backed out at the last minute) but again nothing spectacular. The end where Hutton's character finally reveals the level of his guilt and anger over the death of his brother is the film's real highlight, but it is not enough to lift the entire picture into being something it is not.

It's not a bad movie, and I'll take it over the overrated American Beauty any day of the week, but it's nowhere near a great movie. That it is now known primarily for its footnote status as taking home Best Picture and Best Director over Raging Bull and Scorsese is because Ordinary People isn't particularly well remembered, beloved or respected, even by its admirers.

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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2005, 02:30:59 AM »

It's a good film but ultimately nothing more than a well acted soap opera .
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2005, 03:52:12 AM »

it was a great film

it came out at a certain period of time and certainly society never heeded the warnings

i prefer it to kramer vs kramer which had a similar theme
 
like quiz show robert redford shows nice depth in the characters

i also think i prefer it to a river runs through it - although i just the loved the scenery and the river etc. in that film
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2005, 04:39:43 AM »

it came out at a certain period of time and certainly society never heeded the warnings

What societal warnings were those? Were suicide and marital discord invented in the late 1970s?
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2005, 05:17:40 AM »

no they were becoming more prevalent - at one time it was associated more with the rrich - then it crept into other parts of society

today we have terrible problems in this country - i think it is often overlooked thats all
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2005, 05:55:31 AM »

Yes, if only the country, nay the world, could have heeded the ominous warnings of Ordinary People.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2005, 06:25:01 AM »

 ;D

  Anyway...I've never heard of this one until now, I like Hutton so I might check it out sometime.
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2005, 06:29:04 AM »

ha ha holden

its like MDB - if only those girl boxers ....
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2005, 07:54:57 AM »



It's not a bad movie, and I'll take it over the overrated American Beauty any day of the week, but it's nowhere near a great movie. That it is now known primarily for its footnote status as taking home Best Picture and Best Director over Raging Bull and Scorsese is because Ordinary People isn't particularly well remembered, beloved or respected, even by its admirers.

Holden , I could'nt agree more . it does'nt deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Raging Bull , let alone steal the Oscar .
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2005, 06:38:07 PM »

American Beauty. . . .sucked

Hmm. . now I'm pretty convinced to go watch the rest of it now, but all of you make it seem like a soap opera, and I DREAD soap operas. So I'm still a little hesitant now.
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2005, 10:44:53 AM »

it's worth a look gimpy it isn't a soap opera

and if you haven't seen quiz show take a look at that
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2005, 12:09:38 PM »

And if you want the '80s Porn version, rent Ordinary Peepholes. Makes a natural double feature with Creamer vs. Creamer.
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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2005, 12:16:00 PM »

whats eating glibert holden   :-X  getting them lined up for friday night  ;D


this was a nice thread


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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2005, 04:20:40 PM »

it's worth a look gimpy it isn't a soap opera

and if you haven't seen quiz show take a look at that

Alright now I'm convinced, I'm going to see it.
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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2010, 04:38:53 PM »

Something alike was discussed on the ask.com,i can give someone a link if anybody need it
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« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2010, 03:09:01 PM »


Good film but it's a travesty that it beat "Raging Bull" for BEST PICTURE.
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