Timothy Hutton is an Oscar-winning actor but you don’t hear about him nearly as much as you used to back in the day. It used to be that you might hear his name thrown out there casually now and again without any hesitation. But then somewhere during his career things calmed down and he didn’t get quite as much notice. He’s still a great actor and someone that’s very engaging to watch depending on his role, but throughout the years it seems that he’s gone more towards TV and Direct to DVD movies than anything. That makes it necessary to rehash his older roles which were spot on and made him the star he is now.
It’d be nice to see him in more blockbusters since he can hang with pretty much anyone.
5. The Dark Half-Thad Beaumont/George Stark
As an author and a writer it’s kind of fun but also dangerous to explore that darker side of one’s personality that grants the insane and sometimes insidious ideas that come to light. Thad however managed to create a persona that didn’t just come to life, he tried to take over Thad’s in the process. The book was executed a lot better than the movie, but his acting was perfect.
4. The General’s Daughter-Colonel Kent
This was one of those films that finding out just who committed the murder was a mind-numbing exercise in futility since it gave so little and had such a twisting maze of doubt and deceit to go through. By the end though it almost felt as though the director had gotten bored and said ‘here you go’ with Timothy Hutton as the unexpected antagonist. In reality though it was kind of brilliant since the clues were all there.
3. TAPS-Brian Moreland
Brian didn’t want his school to shut down, plain and simple. He wasn’t about to abandon his post when their commanding officer and teacher was unaccounted for and he wouldn’t give up his responsibility even when he was facing down real soldiers with years of experience on the cadets at the academy. You could say he had guts as well as principles but he didn’t have a lot in the way of wisdom.
2. Secret Window-Ted Milner
The reason I had to add this is because Ted is just a jerk in this film. Sure Mort had his problems, a LOT of problems, but Ted acted like Mort having an issue with his wife sleeping around was something that he was justified in complaining about. In many ways Ted was a jerk that somehow thought he was entitled to another man’s wife no matter how badly their relationship was going. I almost cheered when Mort killed him near the end to be honest. Yes, that’s dark.
1. Ordinary People-Conrad Jarrett
Conrad is about as conflicted as a young man can be while still breathing. He blames himself for the death of his brother and he blames his mother for not giving him the attention he so badly needs. It’d be hard to deal with a mother that would rather hit the RESET button on history or blame her remaining son for the death of his brother.
I’d really like to see him in more movies in the future.