Films and Showtimes
- Pick of the Litter (2018)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- Free Solo
- Moxie Mornings
- On Stage: King Lear
- The Essentials: City Lights (1931)
- Member Picks: Holiday (1938)
- Beautiful Boy
- The Essentials: It Happened One Night (1934)
- Can You Ever Forgive Me?
- The Essentials: His Friday Girl (1940)
- Ghost World (2001)
- The Essentials: The Lady Eve (1941)
- The Essentials: Seven Year Itch (1955)
Science on Screen: Ordinary People (1980)
- Starring: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore
- Director: Robert Redford
- Genre(s): Drama
- Rating: R
- Running Time: 124 min.
Science on Screen Film Series
All screenings are free and made possible thanks to a generous grant fro the Alfred P. Sloan Foundaition and Coolide Corner Theatre Foundation.
Synopsis: In Robert Redford’s directorial debut, the accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the austere mother (Mary Tyler Moore), the compassionate, well-meaning father (Donald Sutherland), and the guilt-ridden younger son (Timothy Hutton).
Dr. Tim Daughtery (MSU, Psychology) will be discussing how we define meaning from traumatic life events and the impact of the mother-child relationship on adolescent development.
"An intelligent, perceptive, and deeply moving film."- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A moving, intelligent and funny film about disasters that are commonplace to everyone except the people who experience them. Not since Robert Benton's "Kramer vs. Kramer" has there been a movie that so effectively catches the look, sound and temper of a particular kind of American existence. "- Vincent Canby, The New York Times
"This is thoughtful and beautifully observed work, from the social backdrop and the tell-me-what-you're-feeling analysis sessions to the painful performances including Mary Tyler Moore playing against type as the chillingly repressed mother."- Empire
"The story of a boy's re-entry into family and school life after a mental breakdown, it is of strikingly high quality. Redford apparently has a fine eye, and the ability to draw the very best from veteran actors Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland, as well as from a youngster, Timothy Hutton. The entire cast, to the smallest parts, are excellent. "- Judith Martin, Washington Post