Ordinary People script
Synopsis: Tormented by guilt following the death of his older brother, Buck, in a sailing accident, alienated teenager Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton) attempts suicide. Returning home following an extended stay in a psychiatric hospital, Conrad tries to deal with his mental anguish and also reconnect with his mother, Beth (Mary Tyler Moore), who has grown cold and angry, and his emotionally wounded father, Calvin (Donald Sutherland), with the help of his psychiatrist, Dr. Berger (Judd Hirsch).

It was a comedy. Wasn't it?

Essentially?

FRIEND'S WIFE

Well let's face it: Clyde Banner's

getting fat.

BETH:

Yes.

FRIEND'S WIFE

He should never turn profile.

CALVIN:

Most of us shouldn't turn profile.

6 INT. CAR. COUNTRY ROAD ­ NIGHT 6

Calvin seems stunned.

BETH:

What was it you were you thinking

about?

CALVIN:

When?

Calvin gives his wife a conventional smile. She coddles up

against him, but it is cold.

7 INT. JARRETT'S HOME. ­ NIGHT 7

Car enters garage.

[car door Alarm On] / [car door Alarm Off] as car doors open

and close.

Beth goes upstairs and directly into her bedroom. Calvin

notices this, then notices the light under his son's bedroom

door. He knocks.

8 INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM ­ NIGHT 8

Conrad is lying on his stomach, on his bed, thinking. He

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Alvin Sargent

Alvin Sargent (born April 12, 1927) is an American screenwriter. He has won two Academy Awards in 1978 and 1981 for his screenplays of Julia and Ordinary People. His most popular contribution has been being involved in the writing of most of the films in Sony's Spider-Man film series (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the first exception to this). more…

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