Sappy, predictable and just all around bad. Gives A Beautiful Mind a run for worst best picture winner ever. I know this is cliched but how did this beat Raging Bull? Pathetic. I didn't care about any of the idiotic characters and they never give you a reason to. Sutherland is solid though and all the scenes with him are pretty legit, except the ending. Gayest ending ever.
According to IMDb, one of this film's tag lines is "Some films you watch, others you feel." I'd have called that a pretentious tag line before I actually saw the film, but I like it; it's surprisingly fitting. This is mostly thanks to Hutton's powerful performance. The others around him do terrific work too, and it's clear thanks to Redford's restrained direction, but Hutton is the heart and center of the film, and when he finally experiences catharsis it really packs a punch.
Known as That Movie That Beat Raging Bell for Best Picture (What the Fuck), but it's a pretty good movie in its own right. The acting is damn good, especially Moore, who is thoroughly convincing as the loveless mother. The material is a bit simplistic, but the intensity and earnestness of the film overcomes this for the most part.
A great, powerful drama who should have been the one for which Sutherland got finally a Oscar nomination. The job made by the cast is amazing, makes my personal top 10 for ensemble cast. Sadly, this masterpiece is remembered as that damn film that robbed Raging Bull's Oscar. Timothy Hutton got the Oscar fairly but Mary Tyler Moore is awesome.
Mary Tyler Moore is the stand-out in this family drama, though the entire cast is great. Moore plays the non-affectionate mother in the family that recently had one of their two sons die, and the other one attempt suicide. It is a good family drama that analyzes all of their problems effectively, even if the son (Hutton's Oscar winning role) is the primary focus. A bit melodramatic, though that doesn't bother me.
Loved it. There are some absolutely heartbreaking scenes to be found in this one -- one of which for me was simply a defeat-stricken expression on Sutherland's face. I found myself completely wrapped up in this family's drama, rooting for them every step of the way.
Top badass moment? In a depressing film about depressing things, what could be more badass than a scene where the most depressing (and best) book in the world is discussed? Thomas Hardy’s “Jude of Obscure”. Thomas Hardy, the original emo; (and incidentally the best author in the history of the universe, ever). It’s simply badass. 0 cats and 0 decapitations.
I thought that the main three (Sutherland, Moore and Hutton) all had great performances in this film which really helped me buy into the story, and in turn have some emotions for the characters. It was weird seeing Moore play the exact opposite of her fun loving TV role, but she did a stellar job. Suther;and was great at trying to play a confused and helpless mediator. The scene near the end when he came to his conclusions about Moore, were heart-wrenching.
The recipient of a lot of undue hate for having the gall to best Raging Bull at the Oscars. If that boils your blood, blame the voters, not this film. Though Redford's use of music is a touch too manipulative, the performances he draws from all his actors hit a level of honesty seldom seen in cinema. Hutton and Hirsch are particularly brilliant but the acting on the whole is just damn excellent. Its portrait of a broken family feigning social happiness remains relevant thirty years later.
Redford finds a shrewdly plainspoken approach to the material, letting the potency of the emotions infecting the familial relations carry the film without undue cinematic prompting. As might be expected, Redford is especially effective with the actors, coaching Timothy Hutton to that Oscar win that led him to become the official Hollywood definition of of unfulfilled promise and getting performances out of the likes of Judd Hirsch and Mary Tyler Moore that were previously inconceivable.