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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:
Robyn Simons ...
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 »




Release Date:

29 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mary & Darly  »

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$1,514,114 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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 crossings from Washington State into Canada are all well-developed highways; but we see them entering Canada on a narrow road with no center line. See more »


Sarah: Cigarettes are bad!
Darly: No Sarah, cigarettes are good, and when you grow up, you should smoke... mmm, cigarettes.
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References Mary Tyler Moore (1970) See more »


T For Trouble
Written by Bill Carter, Ruth Ellsworth & Colin James
Performed by Colin James
Courtesy of Virgin Records America Inc.
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Heartfelt and funny.
5 June 2000 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

The movie had a lovely opening with Meg Tilly confiding to a series of fellow passengers on a Greyhound Bus, that she is sure her life was about to change, even though she was marrying a person she did not know very well. About two minutes later, she is back out on the road, illusions shattered. Her character(Marianne) bumps into Christine Lahti, who is also ready for a change, after burning just about everybody who has ever be-friended her. So, Marianne-Pollyana and the queen of bitterness take off for Alaska. Some of the surprises include a poet-trucker, and Christine's dancing abilities.

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