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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agent Parker (as Bruce Young)
Mike Anderson (as Jim True)
Michael Skewes ...
Officer Swift
Hank Chilton
Cindy Anderson
Frank Anderson
Adele Anderson
Justice of the Peace
Dawn Maxey ...
Kevin Hurley ...
Brian Blondell ...
Toy Store Clerk


Chris is young idealistic cop who falls in love and gets married to Pam, a beautiful but emotionally unstable woman who suffers from alcoholism and drug addiction. While Chris is trying hard to have a normal life and some money, Pam is big spender and their marriage is constantly troublesome with the financial situation getting worse and worse. The biggest blow comes after Chris loses his job. In the desperate situation Chris decides to use his police skills to rob banks. Written by Dragan Antulov <>

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Love Was Their Addiction, Crime Was The Drug. See more »


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Rated R for scenes of violence, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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25 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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[first lines]
Chris Anderson: Lock and load. You ready?
[Pam nods]
Chris Anderson: Time to go.
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Interesting look at two lower class minds
19 April 2010 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"Normal Life" was barely given a theatrical release by its studio, Fine Line. That's a shame, because there is a lot that is worthy in this movie. John McNaughton was a good choice to direct this movie, because in "Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer", he showed he had a talent for showing those in lower class positions with low self esteem - just like the two main characters in this movie. These characters have high ambitions and try to do better (at least initially), but they are shot down by themselves and their surrounding society. They want, but don't get, respect. The movie is focused on their insides, not much on what surrounds them like their jobs. They are drawn together because they are two lost souls - they at least have that to share. The two actors are excellent in their roles (Luke Perry sheds his pretty-boy image completely here.) The movie is not perfect - there are a few details that are not explained (like what exactly is used to justify Perry's character's firing from his job.) Also, the movie is a bit too long, more noticeably in the first half of the movie - cutting fifteen or so minutes from the movie would have helped. But despite these faults, the movie is still well worth seeking out.

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