In this film, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino portray two sides of the woman America loved, but who struggled to love herself: Marilyn Monroe. To the world, Marilyn was a vivacious superstar, the epitome of sexuality, sensuality and frolicsome amusement. Every man wanted her - every woman wanted to be her. But behind the enticing smile, beneath the tight-fitting dresses, there was a dark secret - one Marilyn could not bury in the past... the child inside named Norma Jean. Everything Norma Jean dreams of, Marilyn achieves. Every man she struggles to resist, Marilyn succumbs to. And while Marilyn climbs the ladder to success, Norma Jean was beneath it, almost willing her to fall. Written by
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Marilyn Monroe was our fantasy. Norma Jean was her reality.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for sexual content and nudity, some substance abuse and strong language
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We see a man smoking some cigarettes and there is a Surgeon General's tobacco packaging warning on the box. These warnings did not appear until 1964 and did not become common until the early 1970s. See more
Oh, no, Johnny, you need your rest.
I'll get my rest when I'm dead, which is going to be sooner rather than later. You know that, Marilyn.
References Awake and Sing
William Tell Overture
Composed by Gioachino Rossini See more