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Normal Life (1996)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  25 October 1996 (USA)
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Agent Parker (as Bruce Young)
Jim True-Frost ...
Mike Anderson
Edmund Wyson ...
Darren
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Officer Swift
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Hank Chilton
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Homeowner
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Cindy Anderson
Tom Towles ...
Frank Anderson
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Adele Anderson
Brian McCann ...
Justice of the Peace
Dawn Maxey ...
Eva
Kevin Hurley ...
Norman
Brian Blondell ...
Toy store clerk
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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 <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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They found the American Dream ... One bullet at a time! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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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)  »

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The bar where Chris and Pam first meet is the Bartlett Tap, and is located in downtown Bartlett. It's a tavern that has been there since the 1800's. See more »

Goofs

In the chase scene where they close in on Pam during the shoot out, the police open fire on the van covering it with bullet holes. After the shooting ceases, the bullet holes mysteriously disappear and then reappear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chris Anderson: Lock and load. You ready?
[Pam nods]
Chris Anderson: Time to go.
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Good performances & well plotted
16 October 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The film starts with the FBI arresting Luke Perry during a car robbery and tracks back to two years prior. It is at this point that Perry first meets Ashley Judd and his life begins to change. Essentially he becomes trapped by his love with a woman that is clearly no good for him - leading to fights, crime and his eventual capture.

Perry takes a huge leap away from his 90210 posterboy image with a good haunted performance as the man forced to live outside his small-town "normal life" by Judd's desire for more excitement than a small town can give.

Ashley Judd is excellent as Pam, constantly riddled with suffering and inconsistency as she flies around emotionally, cuts herself with knives and puts guns to her head and only finds peace when taking drugs, spending money or stealing. The only criticism is that she is required to be nude almost once every ten minutes - this doesn't develop her character and made me think that the director wanted to have it there to satisfy the men in the audience, it almost like she was being exploited.

Overall the film is well plotted and makes Perry's change almost believable

  • however his final change doesn't totally make sense. That said it's a


pretty emotional ride that doesn't let you get bored at any point, is well acted and well scripted. All through the film you can't help but feel sad for Perry as he is henpecked, corrupted and ultimately tormented by Judd's childish alluring Pam.


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