Ordinary People (1980)
The siblings: Conrad (Timothy Hutton) and Jordan “Buck” Jarrett (Scott Doebler)
What puts them at odds? It’s tough when your older brother is the crown jewel of the family and you largely live in his shadow. But what happens when he dies? For Conrad, that means the heavy weight of survivor’s guilt and a suicide attempt.
Robert Redford proved himself as a director with his very first time behind the camera. The painful family fallout from their older son’s death and the twisted emotions that followed saw Redford win Best Director and Hutton Best Supporting Actor, while the film took Best Picture and Best Adapted screenplay along with two other nominations. It’s not tough to see why. Adapted by Alvin Sargent from Judith Guest’s book, this is an unflinching look at a young man’s breakdown and recovery following his brother’s death, and the impact on everyone around him.
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