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Ordinary People

Directed by Robert Redford; introduced by Judith Guest

Part of Robert Redford: Independent/Visionary

“Redford adapts Judith Guest’s novel with sensitivity and insight.” —Film Society, Lincoln Center

Poignant and quietly intense, the Oscar-winning Ordinary People is an astute exploration of how a family copes with tragedy. Timothy Hutton stars as Conrad Jarrett, the guilt-ridden surviving son, whose relationship with his parents unravels after the eldest son dies in a boating accident. Remarkable and heartbreaking performances from Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, and Judd Hirsch complement the impressive score, screenwriting, and direction. 1980, DCP, 124 minutes.

The film will be introduced by writer Judith Guest, author of Ordinary People, which won the Janet Heidegger Kafka Prize for best first novel in 1976 and was made into a movie that won an Academy Award for best picture in 1980. Guest’s other books include Second Heaven, Errands, Killing Time in St. Cloud (cowritten with Rebecca Hill), and The Tarnished Eye, now being adapted for an eight-episode TV miniseries.

Series Passes

  • Redford #AtTheWalker Pass: $25 ($20 Walker members, students, and seniors)

See all 9 films as part of this series highlighting Robert Redford’s career as actor and director. Purchase a pass and be entered to win two tickets to the Walker Dialogue with Redford on November 12.


This Dialogue and Retrospective program is made possible by generous support from Anita Kunin and the Kunin family.