Robert Redford's directorial debut tells the story of an upper-middle-class family that is torn apart by tragedy and tension. Beth (Mary Tyler Moore), Calvin (Donald Sutherland) and Conrad Jarrett (Timothy Hutton in his Oscar-winning film debut) are all living in the aftermath of the tragic death of their eldest son, Buck. Conrad is extremely guilt-ridden by this event, and attempted suicide to get over the depression. Beth is the bitter mother, who finds it difficult to show affection towards Conrad, and had always preferred Buck. And Calvin is the good natured father who tries desperately to keep the family together. Also starring Judd Hirsch as Conrad's empathetic psychiatrist.
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