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Writers (WGA):
Jane Anderson (play)
Jane Anderson (teleplay)
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Love. Marriage. Acceptance. Sex change.
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  (in credits order)

Richard Bull ... Roy Sr. - Roy's Father
Mary Seibel ... Em - Roy's Mother

Danny Goldring ... Church Friend Pete

Jessica Lange ... Irma Applewood

Tom Wilkinson ... Roy 'Ruth' Applewood

Hayden Panettiere ... Patty Ann Applewood
Randall Arney ... Reverend Dale Muncie
Rich Komenich ... Co-Worker Bob
Kirk Anderson ... Machinist
Christian Ambrose ... Band Member #1
Joe Foust ... Roadie #1
Sean Rice ... Band Member #2
Mickey Tuman ... Roadie #2

Joseph Sikora ... Wayne Applewood (as Joe Sikora)

Clancy Brown ... Frank
Barbara Ann Grimes ... Thrift Store Owner
Jane Galloway Heitz ... Martha the Choir Mistress
Paul Lindblad ... Choir - Pianist
Richard Boice ... Choir Member
Joan Culler ... Choir Member
Donna Gruendler ... Choir Member

Llou Johnson ... Choir Member
Jeff Kiel ... Choir Member
Karen Ullberg Peters ... Choir Member
Jonathan Peters ... Choir Member
Deb Rodeghero ... Choir Member
Jim Stahulak ... Choir Member
Robert Steed ... Choir Member
Tony Fitzpatrick ... Brother-In-Law Carl
Dan Conway ... Brother-In-Law Bert
Rick Touhy ... Kay's Husband
Cynthia Baker ... Roy's Sister Margie
Caitlin Hart ... Roy's Sister Becky

Rondi Reed ... Roy's Sister Beth
Gene Janson ... Church Usher
Robert Marty ... Radio Announcer (as Robert C. Marty)
Faith O'Gorman ... Wayne's Girlfriend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lexi Pleasant ... Church Attendee
Peter Renaud ... Bar Patron / Roadie
Ross Freier ... Church Attendee (uncredited)
Colleen Elizabeth Miller ... Church Attendee (uncredited)

David Morrison ... Boyfriend (uncredited)

Directed by
Jane Anderson 
Writing credits
Jane Anderson (play "Looking for Normal")

Jane Anderson (teleplay)

Produced by
Cary Brokaw .... executive producer
Thomas J. Busch .... line producer (as Tom Busch)
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alex Wurman 
Cinematography by
Alar Kivilo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lisa Fruchtman 
Casting by
Jane Alderman 
John Brace 
Linda Lowy 
Production Design by
Nina Ruscio 
Art Direction by
Gary Baugh 
Set Decoration by
Tricia Schneider  (as Patricia Schneider)
Costume Design by
Hope Hanafin 
Makeup Department
Hallie D'Amore .... key makeup artist
Linda De Andrea .... hair stylist: Ms. Lange (as Linda DeAndrea)
Linda Melazzo .... additional makeup artist
Tony Mirante .... additional hair stylist
Suzi Ostos .... makeup artist
Bunny Parker .... key hair stylist (as Bernadette Parker)
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup artist: Ms. Lange (as Dorothy Pearl)
Chris Burgoyne .... makeup effects technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Thomas J. Busch .... unit production manager (as Tom Busch)
Elizabeth Fox .... post-production supervisor
Kimberly Rach .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Giovannetti Jr. .... first assistant director (as James R. Giovannetti Jr.)
Richard S. Lederer .... second assistant director (as Richard Lederer)
Eric A. Pot .... second second assistant director (as Eric Pot)
Art Department
Bruce Ahlfeld .... carpenter
Alley Ballard .... buyer
Mary A. Brady .... buyer
Alan Broadbent .... painter (as Al Broadbent)
Nicholas Carranza .... art department assistant
Brian Cho .... art department coordinator
Ron Coy .... painter
Charles W. DelGreco .... laborer (as Charles Del Greco)
Russ Elwell .... carpenter
Tommy Gags .... set dresser
Michael D. Gianneschi .... assistant property master
Brad Good .... set dresser
Bradley Good .... set dresser
Aaron C. Holden Jr. .... set dresser (as Aaron Holden Jr.)
Craig Jackson .... set designer
John Paul 'J.P.' Jones .... property master (as J.P. Jones)
Kevin Kenny .... carpenter
Blake E. Matthys .... additional props (as Blake Matthys)
Cyril H. Matthys .... set dresser
John McHugh .... construction coordinator
Joel Prihoda .... lead man
Kim Richey .... assistant property master (as Kimberly A. Richey)
Daniel R. Sarich .... painter (as Dan Sarich)
John H. Schulz .... head painter (as John Schulz)
Paul Schulz .... stand-by painter (as Paul Steven Schulz)
John J. Slove Jr. .... carpenter foreman
John J. Slove Jr. .... propmaker foreman
Timothy W. Tiedje .... property master
Daryl Ziemke .... set dresser
Jon Nicholson .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Rob Yale .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Barrick .... foley editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Coya Elliott .... dialogue assistant
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Stuart McCowan .... assistant supervising sound editor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
David Obermeyer .... production sound mixer
Christopher Scarabosio .... supervising sound editor
Blair Scheller .... boom operator
Christopher Sidor .... sound re-recordist (as Chris Sidor)
Michael Silvers .... dialog editor
Steve Slanec .... assistant supervising sound editor
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist (as Unsun)
Patrick Stoltz .... post-production sound engineer (as Pat Stoltz)
Drew Webster .... sound re-recording mixer
Ronald L. Wright .... cable person
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... adr supervisor
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ryan Evans .... special effects
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Don Greenberg .... lead compositor: R!OT Pictures
Jaime Norman .... visual effects production manager (uncredited)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick Lefevour)
Rich Wilkie .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Cortland Boyd .... electrician
Vince Cordero .... electrician (as Vince E. Cordero)
Chris Glomp .... rigging gaffer (as Christopher Glomp)
Brian Kelly .... electric
Michael Kohnhorst .... director of photography: second unit
Robert Krzeminski .... best boy grip
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera
Morgan Michael Lewis .... key grip
Thomas Lewis .... company grip (as Thomas E. Lewis)
Anthony J. Lullo .... best boy electric
Joseph M. Lyons .... rigger
Mark E. Matthys .... company grip
Melissa Moseley .... still photographer
William R. Nielsen Jr. .... Steadicam operator
William R. Nielsen Jr. .... camera operator: second camera
Mark Purkart .... dolly grip
Monty Rowan .... camera operator
Dan Schroer .... camera loader (as Daniel R. Schroer)
Colin Slaby .... second assistant camera
Jason Storandt .... company grip
Rick Thomas .... gaffer
Frank Yario Jr. .... 24 frame video operator
Fred Folmer .... second key grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sharon D. King .... extras casting
Derek J. Marquardt .... casting assistant (as Derek Marquardt)
Marvin Nelson .... extras casting assistant
Kristy Nolen .... casting assistant (as Kristen Entwistle)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Blank .... seamstress
Patrick Caulfield .... set costumer
Stella Cottini .... costumer (as Stella Christy Cottini)
Jennifer Jobst .... costume supervisor
JoAnn Lam .... costumer: Ms. Lange (as Joann Lam)
Heather Pollock .... additional set costumer
Editorial Department
Joe Finley .... colorist
Robert Marty .... first assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Lowell Rottenberg .... post-production coordinator
Kenny Becker .... color timer (uncredited)
Rick J. Brown .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music consultant (as PJ Bloom)
Katisse Buckingham .... musician: alto flute
Bruno Coon .... music editor
Leah Curtis .... music preparation
George Doering .... musician: bouzouki, string drum, cavaquinho
Steve Durkee .... score mixer
Kathleen Edwards .... composer: additional music
Eric Gobel .... score recording engineer
Bronwen Jones .... orchestrator: score
Brian Kirk .... music consultant
Evyen Klean .... music consultant
Luyanda T. Kunene .... assistant to composer (as Lou Kunene)
Pete Magdaleno .... second scoring engineer
Sid Page .... musician: violin
Frankie Pine .... music supervisor
Michael Valerio .... musician: bass (as Mike Valerio)
Alex Wurman .... musician: piano
Alex Wurman .... orchestrator: score
Felix Wurman .... musician: cello
Sharon Smith .... music editor: temp music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Anthony Belmonte .... driver (as Anthony C. Belmonte)
Leonard T. Casey Sr. .... driver (as Leonard Casey)
Michael P. Deal .... driver
Todd Dickison .... driver (as Todd Dickinson)
George DiLeonardi .... driver (as George J. Dileonardi)
Michael J. Farej .... driver (as Mike J. Farej)
David Gothard .... driver
William T. Hogan III .... transportation coordinator
James Hogan .... driver (as James A. Hogan)
Dennis Leahy .... driver
Anthony Majcher Jr. .... driver
Mark Majcher .... driver
Joseph F. Martucci .... driver
Danny Maxwell .... transportation captain (as Dan Maxwell)
Timothy J. Maxwell .... driver
Pat McGowean .... driver
Peter Pantaleo .... driver
Charles Peterson .... driver
Donald Peterson .... driver
Darien Reid .... driver
Thomas R. Rosen .... driver
Pat Serpe .... driver
Nico Triantafilidis .... driver (as Nick Triantafillidis)
Joe Vanis .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Alicia Accardo .... script supervisor
Eric Armstrong .... dialect coach
Mike Bell .... cook
Amy Berk .... assistant to cast
Noel Bermudez .... production accountant
Adam Berry .... production office assistant
Brady Breen .... assistant location manager (as Patrick Brady Breen)
Jennifer Deigl .... set production assistant
Sarah Ellison-Johnson .... assistant: Jane Anderson
Hope Erickson .... set production assistant
Christian Froude .... payroll accountant (as Christian C. Froude)
Geoffrey Goodman .... assistant: Cary Brokaw
Kristin Graham .... set production assistant
P.J. Haines .... chef
Sheri Halfon .... production executive: Avenue Pictures Productions
Darryl Johnson .... craft service
Martha Lafage .... location scout (as Martha Lefage)
Mia Lee .... assistant: Lydia Dean Pilcher
James R. McAllister .... location manager
David Melito .... second assistant accountant
Meghan Mowery .... accounting clerk
Tom Nicoll .... set production assistant (as Thomas Nicoll)
Margaret J. Orlando .... production coordinator
Darryl Parker .... additional craft service
Larry Powell .... production office assistant
Terrie Quinlan .... studio teacher
Maria C. Roxas .... location assistant: second unit
Heather Sharpe .... production office assistant
Tina Li Sievers .... advisor: transgender
Tom Sullivan .... medic
Margaret A. Thomas .... production associate
Tim Turner .... first assistant accountant (as Tim 'Biff' Turner)
Laurent Fauchere .... title designer (uncredited)
James Gierman .... location consultant (uncredited)
Paula Stier .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Rebecca Thornell .... clearance (uncredited)
Antoine Tinguely .... title designer (uncredited)
Jakob Trollbeck .... title designer (uncredited)
David .... dedicatee

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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 »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
For Richer Or Poorer, 25 March 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Tom Wilkinson has been hiding a very big secret from the world. Husband and father, during a marriage counseling visit with his local pastor, he comes out with the fact that inside he feels he was born a woman. That comes as a big shock to his wife of 25 years, Jessica Lange, and their minister, Randall Arney.

This revelation is quite a blockbuster for everyone all around. These are blue collar people, not terribly sophisticated and not well read into the world of transgender. Still most try to cope as best they can.

Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Lange give a pair of beautifully matched performances in Normal. Wilkinson is a decent man, a good husband and father, a good provider, who can't keep up the pretense any more. He starts to transition into a woman, but stays at home to be the parent to young Hayden Panettiere who is just entering puberty. In fact with the estrogen treatments that Wilkinson is taking is almost like him going through puberty a second time with his own daughter.

Lange is the housewife and mother, she does not in fact work, but during the course of the film does take a job for her own income. Her reaction is to castigate Wilkinson, but also to blame herself and in fact her pastor says something like that to her. His only solution is to come up with some scripture from Ephesians that he says covers the situation. Something about emasculating her man.

Arney is an interesting character, transgender is not something taught at the seminary. He's trying to figure it out, but can only think and operate from a very narrow framework. Eventually Wilkinson and Lange leave the church, a most gut wrenching experience for both since they are sincere Christians.

The key scene in this film is during a family reunion at Thanksgiving when Wilkinson's father, who's suffering from the beginnings of Alzheimer's. There is a deep focus shot of Wilkinson in the foreground as dad, Richard Bull, is talking about how as a kid with five daughters he was worried about having an effeminate son when he caught him trying on his mother's clothes. Bull relates he beat his son to get the effeminacy out of him..

The shot then switches to a closeup of Lange and it's worth more than ten pages of dialog as she now knows this is not either some whim of her husband's nor anything that is her fault. Excellent camera work and acting, especially for a TV movie.

Although they are married and stay married, my guess is that at some point Wilkinson and Lange will part amicably. During the film in fact she does begin an affair with her husband's boss, Clancy Brown. My guess is that though she does love Wilkinson very much, Lange will miss the physical intimacy of marriage.

Someone did some good research into transgender issues. There is a brief scene with Wilkinson trying to talk in a higher register now that he's transitioning. One thing I've learned from transgender friends is that one's vocal cords are set for life in puberty when one is male. There are vocal techniques to talk lower, but they have to be learned and presumably Wilkinson will learn them. People who are born female will have their vocal cords thicken with the testosterone treatment

There are very few people that out and out hate the man for transitioning to female. He does get some hate graffiti on his truck and he does get into a fight with one of his co-workers. Mostly they just can't understand. Interesting that Hayden Panettiere reports no problems in school with peers over her dad. It's sometimes the case that the young are the most tolerant indeed.

Normal is a sensitive treatment of transgender issues with some fine performances and a good story with no real ending in sight for this family.

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