Normal (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  16 March 2003 (USA)
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A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Sr. - Roy's Father
Mary Seibel ...
Em - Roy's Mother
Church Friend Pete
Roy 'Ruth' Applewood
Randall Arney ...
Reverend Dale Muncie
Rich Komenich ...
Co-Worker Bob
Kirk Anderson ...
Christian Ambrose ...
Band Member #1
Joe Foust ...
Roadie #1
Sean Rice ...
Band Member #2
Mickey Tuman ...
Roadie #2
Wayne Applewood (as Joe Sikora)


In the countryside of the United States of America, Irma Applewood and her husband Roy Applewood have been happily married for twenty-five years and they are model citizens in their community. Roy brings Irma to meet Reverend Dale Muncie, who is their pastor and friend, to tell that he is a woman trapped in a man's body and he will have a sex-change operation. Now Roy has to face the deception of his wife and the intolerance of his colleagues, members of his church and his son Wayne. But Irma loves him and after the impact of the news, she understands and supports him with their teenage daughter Patty Ann (Hayden Panettiere) and Roy's boss Frank ('Clancy Brown') that is their friend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Love. Marriage. Acceptance. Sex change.




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16 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Eine Frage der Liebe  »

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One of the films that Jane Anderson screened before working on "Normal" was Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage". She also screened "Tender Mercies" and "Country", one of star Jessica Lange's films. See more »


Patty Ann: Mom, Dad and I have the same breast size now!
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Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »


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Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by The Dinning Sisters
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19 March 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Writing, acting, and direction were outstanding. I chuckled, laughed, brimmed with tears, during, and thought differently after this film. The character interaction captured so well the kinds of behavior one might see (but not necessarily expect) under such highly unusual circumstances. Midwest setting underscored the challenge and the humanity. HBO should release this to theaters next.

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