Directed by Robert Redford • 1980 • United States
Starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch
Winner of four Academy Awards—including best picture, director, and adapted screenplay—Robert Redford’s directorial debut, based on the novel by Judith Guest, is an intense and moving examination of a family torn apart by tension and tragedy. Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore star as the upper-middle-class couple whose “ordinary” existence is irrevocably shattered by the death of their oldest son in a boating accident. Struggling against suicide and guilt, the couple’s younger son (an Oscar-winning Timothy Hutton) begins therapy sessions with an empathetic psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch), who becomes the family’s lifeline to survival.