|Donald Sutherland||Calvin Jarrett|
|Timothy Hutton||Conrad Jarrett|
|Mary Tyler Moore||Beth Jarrett|
|Judd Hirsch||Dr. Tyrone C. Berger|
|M. Emmet Walsh||Coach Salan|
|Elizabeth McGovern||Jeannine Pratt|
|James B. Sikking||Ray Hanley|
Tormented by guilt following the death of his older brother, Buck, in a sailing accident, alienated teenager Conrad Jarrett attempts suicide. Returning home following an extended stay in a psychiatric hospital, Conrad tries to deal with his mental anguish and also reconnect with his mother, Beth, who has grown cold and angry, and his emotionally wounded father, Calvin, with the help of his psychiatrist, Dr. Berger .