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Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996)

This film follows Norma Jean from her simple, ambitious youth to her superstar pinnacle and back down. She moves from lover to lover in order to further her career. She finds fame but never happiness, only knowing seduction but not love.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

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 HBO Home Video

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Marilyn Monroe was our fantasy. Norma Jean was her reality.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and nudity, some substance abuse and strong language | See all certifications »
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18 May 1996 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

The film has almost too many factual errors to be mentioned and shouldn't be considered a "true" portrait of Monroe's life. See more »

Quotes

Marilyn Monroe: Oh, that's what I love about you, Monty. You're the only one I know that's more fucked up than me.
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Connections

References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Loved by You
Written by Bert Kalmar, Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby
Performed by Mira Sorvino
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A travesty
26 April 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry but Mira Sorvino was so bad in this movie it wasn't even funny. Her attempt to portray Marilyn as a simpering, simple minded bimbo was both misguided and upsetting. As the other reviewer commented, Marilyn Monroe's on screen persona was not the person she was in real life. It's almost as if Mira's interpretation was based on an impression she once saw somebody do of Marilyn. It wasn't even a good stereotypical impression of her. I have to say that Ashley Judd's Norma Jean was miles more interesting to watch than Mira's offering.

This movie was poorly conceived, badly written and terribly acted. No-one could possibly hope to even come close to recreating what Marilyn brought to the screen or the effect she had when she walked into a room. How the makers of this movie thought that they could do it with such poor materials to work with is beyond me.


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