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Perfectly Normal (1990)

R | | Comedy | April 1991 (USA)
A shy young man with a passion for opera has his world turned upside down by a con artist who really does have a heart of gold.


Yves Simoneau


Eugene Lipinski (screenplay), Eugene Lipinski (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Coltrane ... Alonzo Turner
Michael Riley ... Renzo Parachi
Deborah Duchene ... Denise
Eugene Lipinski ... Hopeless
Kenneth Welsh ... Charlie Glesby
Patricia Gage ... Mrs. Hathaway
J.D. Nicholsen J.D. Nicholsen ... Duane Bickle (as Jack Nichols)
Elizabeth Harpur ... Gloria
Kristina Nicoll ... Tiffany
Peter Millard Peter Millard ... Bunden
Bryan Foster Bryan Foster ... Gig Manyon
Andrew Miller ... Pizza Guy
Warren Van Evera Warren Van Evera ... Old Man
Douglas C. Frye Douglas C. Frye ... Boy in Cab
Graham Harley Graham Harley ... Middle-aged Man


A shy young man with a passion for opera has his world turned upside down by a con artist who really does have a heart of gold.

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Alonzo Turner: Morning is a state of mind, Lorenzo. It is that period of the day, before you've had a coffee and a satisfying bowel movement.
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Perfectly Normal is Perfect
2 February 2006 | by dingram-1See all my reviews

This movie is brilliant.

If you like thoughtfully paced humor in the vein of Bill Forsythe (Comfort and Joy) this movie is for you. Great cast, great screen play...and deft humor.

It is the story of Renzo Parachi (Michael Riley), who leads a dull and quite life...and likes it that way. He works at the local brewery's bottling plant and plays goalie for the company hockey team. He also drives a cab at night, where he picks up a fare who will change his life - Robbie Coltrane as Alonzo Turner.

Within minutes Alonzo has insinuated himself into Renzo's life...and suddenly this quiet, unassuming man discovers that everyone wants something from him. His boss at the factory will do anything to transform the hockey team into winners...the girl at the ice rink will do anything for his chastity...and Lonzo will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

A move not to be missed. Unfortunately, and criminally, it is not available on DVD in the U.S. Yet Ishtar is. Go figure.

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