Leaving Normal (1992)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 April 1992 (USA)
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For her entire life, twenty-seven year old Marianne Johnson has been on the move, the decisions which she's made as an adult which have been total failures, such as her second most recent ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ken Angel ...
Barbara Russell ...
Izuzu Mother
Ahnee Boyce ...
Izuzu Judy


For her entire life, twenty-seven year old Marianne Johnson has been on the move, the decisions which she's made as an adult which have been total failures, such as her second most recent marriage to Curtis Johnson, which brought her to Normal, Wyoming. However, she has an optimistic view of life, always believing that each decision she makes will be the right one. She is a linear thinker and despite being bright in this regard, she has no life or job skills, never having had a paying job besides a short stint in the army where she met Curtis. Conversely, thirty-eight year old Darly Peters wears her failures openly on her sleeve, she bulldozing her way through life. Currently a cocktail waitress in Normal, waitressing which dominates her resumé, Darly receives news that her ex-husband, who she left eighteen years ago, has died and has deeded the house which they were building at the time in remote Palmer Valley, Alaska to her. She believes this house will be the first time in her life... Written by Huggo

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Sometimes the only way to find where you're going is to lose your way


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »




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29 April 1992 (USA)  »

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Mary & Darly  »

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$1,514,114 (USA)

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Although the complete song itself is not played in the movie, the piano intro to Bruce Hornsby and the Range's "The Show Goes On" is used. See more »


The geography of their trip north from Portland is mixed up. We see them in the red truck with Leon and Harry, at Britannia Beach, some 70 miles into Canada. (The give-away is the mining building behind them, which is distinctively Britannia Beach, BC.) Later, with 66, they are south of Seattle, deciding where to enter Canada. Then they are obviously in White Rock, BC, again looking at a map to choose their route into Canada. (White Rock is just across the border, in Canada, and 70 miles south of Britannia Beach.) See more »


Marianne Johnson: Well, at least it would have been nice to say "Goodbye".
Darly: Nah. You've got your whole life ahead of you. There will be a million others you can say "Goodbye" to.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Honky Tonk Special
Written and Performed by Marty Brown
Courtesy of MCA Records
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24 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I only saw 'Leaving Normal' because it was on Sky TV one night and there was nothing else on, so, I decided to watch it. I wasn't expecting much of it, as most things on that last at night are usually things that are too boring to be on earlier. However, I was very surprised by it, I actually enjoyed it. It's a story about the friendship between Darly and Marianne, who met at a bus-stop after Marianne ran away from her abusive husband. Darly is going to Alaska and decided to take Marianne along with her, sort of like a daughter figure. Marianne always likes to look on the bright side of things which leads her into bad situations. Darly is assertive but good-natured, she means well. And because she was so witty it made the film much more enjoyable. The first half of the movie is a road-movie, Which consist of the troubles they face of trying to get to their destination, and when they get there, they want to leave, at least Darly does. It's a light-hearted drama and all ends well. Worth a watch.

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