Ordinary Lies - Netflix
Drama following the lives of an ordinary group of colleagues and friends as their seemingly small lies spiral out of control. JS Motors, a fictional car dealership located near Manchester, employs a number of 'ordinary' people, each with dark secrets. As each episode unravels, it becomes clear how quick lies can escalate with shocking consequences.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Ordinary Lies - Ordinary People - Netflix
Ordinary People is a 1980 American drama film that marked the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford. The film stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, and Timothy Hutton. The story concerns the disintegration of an upper-middle class family in Lake Forest, Illinois, following the death of one of their sons in a boating accident. The screenplay by Alvin Sargent was based upon the 1976 novel Ordinary People by Judith Guest. The film received six Academy Award nominations and won four: the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director for Redford, Adapted Screenplay for Sargent, and Supporting Actor for Hutton. In addition, it won five Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director (Redford), Best Actress in a Drama (Tyler Moore), Best Supporting Actor (Hutton), and Best Screenplay (Sargent).
Ordinary Lies - Reception - Netflix
Robert Redford and Timothy Hutton both won Academy Awards for their respective debuts: Redford as Best Director and Hutton, in his first film (he had previously appeared on television), as Best Supporting Actor. The film marked Mary Tyler Moore's career breakout from the personality of her other two famous roles as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Moore's complex performance was well-received and obtained a nomination for Best Actress. The film also won Best Picture for 1980. Judd Hirsch's portrayal of Dr. Berger was likewise a departure from his work on the sitcom Taxi, and drew praise from many in the psychiatric community as one of the rare times their profession is shown in a positive light in film. Hirsch was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor, losing out to co-star Hutton. Donald Sutherland's performance in the film was also well received and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. He was not nominated for an Academy Award along with his co-stars, however, which Entertainment Weekly has described as one of the worst acting snubs in the history of the Academy Awards. Ordinary People launched the career of Elizabeth McGovern, who received special permission to film while attending Juilliard. 1980 was also a break-out year for Adam Baldwin, who had a small role in Ordinary People while starring in My Bodyguard the same year. Ordinary People received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 90%, based on 42 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, “Though shot through with bitterness and sorrow, Robert Redford's directorial debut is absorbing and well-acted.”. Roger Ebert gave it a full four stars and praised how the film's setting “is seen with an understated matter-of-factness. There are no cheap shots against suburban lifestyles or affluence or mannerisms: The problems of the people in this movie aren't caused by their milieu, but grow out of themselves. [...] That's what sets the film apart from the sophisticated suburban soap opera it could easily have become.” He later named it the fifth best film of the year 1980. Gene Siskel ranked it the second best film of 1980. Vincent Canby writing for The New York Times called it “a moving, intelligent and funny film about disasters that are commonplace to everyone except the people who experience them.” Pachelbel's Canon, used as thematic and background music, enjoyed a surge in popularity as a result. The film was a box office success, grossing $54 million in theaters and $23 million in rentals.
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