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Like Normal People (1979)

A mentally-challenged man and woman meet, fall in love and are determined to get married, despite the initial objections of their families and friends. Based on a true story.

Director:

Harvey Hart

Writers:

Joanna Lee, Robert Meyers (book)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaun Cassidy ... Roger Meyers
Linda Purl ... Virginia Rae Hensler
Zalman King ... Bill Stein
James Keach ... Robert Meyers Jr.
Michael McGuire ... Robert Meyers
Maureen Arthur ... Aunt Kate
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Lloyd Davis
Hope Lange ... Roz Meyers
Jim Gatherum Jim Gatherum ... Roger at 11 (as Jimmy Gatherum)
Doreen Lang Doreen Lang ... Grandma Teresa
McKee Anderson ... Dorothy
Miriam Byrd-Nethery ... Billie (as Miriam Byrd Nethery)
Jeannine Riley ... Donna (as Jennine Riley)
Fritzi Burr Fritzi Burr ... Mrs. Peterson
Carmen Zapata Carmen Zapata ... License Clerk
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Storyline

A mentally-challenged man and woman meet, fall in love and are determined to get married, despite the initial objections of their families and friends. Based on a true story.

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como personas normales See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Audio was often played on The Howard Stern Show See more »

Quotes

Robert Meyers Jr.: Mom, Dad. All my life I've wanted to be a writer. This meeting is for me, it's about *me*. Not once have you ever talked about finding me an agent.
Robert Meyers: You're normal, you don't need our help...
Robert Meyers Jr.: [astonished and angry] Whatever gave you that idea?
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A highly recommended, challenging, touching portrayal of two slightly retarded young people who fall in love and want to marry.
28 December 1998 | by RapacineSee all my reviews

Cassidy and Purl give credible, moving performances as a slightly retarded young couple who fall in love and want to get married--to be "like normal people". Unfortunately, their parents and their friends don't believe they have the ability to do so. Thus the story moves along their struggles to overcome a system which seeks to suppress those "outside the norm"; in a more profound sense, it is a realistic, gritty look at what obstacles true love can overcome. An extremely difficult, challenging role for each to play effectively; but how magnificently they rose to that challenge. It is certainly worth the time to view this film--like rare flowers, the fragrance remains long after the blossoms are gone.


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