Making Ordinary People
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Next Section: Deleted Scenes
There are often scenes cut from the final version of a movie. Sometimes these will have been seen by preview audiences, or be included in Blu-ray or DVD extras etc.The following missing scenes from Ordinary People are believed legit. If you disagree or have additional info, please update us.
The deleted scene is The Lake Forest Day parade. Conrad watches the parade from the sidewalk near the Lake Forest Train Station. He was there in hopes of seeing Janene. And he avoided the leers from his swim team friends who marched in the parade with other Lake Forest High School students.
Incidentally, in this parade scene, Robert Redford (the director) made a quick cameo appearance as one of the High School teachers. In the scene he rides the Lake Forest High school floats. A picture of Robert Redford kicking back on the float appears in the 1980 Lake Forest High School yearbook. And more pictures from the filming of the parade were (and could still be) on the wall of Ferentino's pizza on N. Western Ave., a few blocks north of the train station.
The beginning and end of the scene are in the film. It takes place in Dr Berger's office when Conrad means to say his mother can't forgive him but inadvertently says he is the one who can't forgive.
In the released version Conrad goes from standing at a window having the revelation to a shot of him slumped in chair exhausted. In between was about 10-minutes in which he talks about not being able to forgive himself for trying to kill himself and not being able to forgive his mother (neither point is clear in the released version).
The scene was difficult to shoot as Robert Redford had the camera mounted on a circular track surrounding the actors. The entire deleted portion of the scene had the camera going in a continuous circle around them as they delivered their dialogue. You can see just a bit of this camera movement as Berger delivers the line "A real problem with a real solution." To which Conrad responds, "I've heard all this before."
I don't know if this scene has ever shown up on any of the VHS or DVD releases. It would be great to see it restored. Once you know that it was cut when you watch the scene as it was released it seems very choppy and unclear.
Trust me you'll notice this next time you watch it.
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