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Leaving Normal (1992)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 April 1992 (USA)
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For her entire life, twenty-seven year old Marianne Johnson has been on the move, the decisions which she's made as an adult which have been total failures, such as her second most recent ... See full summary »


Edward Zwick


Ed Solomon (as Edward Solomon)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Tilly ... Marianne
Christine Lahti ... Darly
Patrika Darbo ... 66
Lenny von Dohlen ... Harry
Maury Chaykin ... Leon
Brett Cullen ... Kurt
James Gammon ... Walt
Eve Gordon ... Emily
James Eckhouse ... Rich
Lachlan Murdoch ... Marshall
Robyn Simons Robyn Simons ... Sarah
Ken Angel Ken Angel ... Nuqaq
Darrell Dennis ... Clyde
Barbara Russell Barbara Russell ... Izuzu Mother
Ahnee Boyce Ahnee Boyce ... Izuzu Judy


For her entire life, twenty-seven year old Marianne Johnson has been on the move, the decisions which she's made as an adult which have been total failures, such as her second most recent marriage to Curtis Johnson, which brought her to Normal, Wyoming. However, she has an optimistic view of life, always believing that each decision she makes will be the right one. She is a linear thinker and despite being bright in this regard, she has no life or job skills, never having had a paying job besides a short stint in the army where she met Curtis. Conversely, thirty-eight year old Darly Peters wears her failures openly on her sleeve, she bulldozing her way through life. Currently a cocktail waitress in Normal, waitressing which dominates her resumé, Darly receives news that her ex-husband, who she left eighteen years ago, has died and has deeded the house which they were building at the time in remote Palmer Valley, Alaska to her. She believes this house will be the first time in her life... Written by Huggo

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Sometimes the only way to find where you're going is to lose your way


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

29 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary & Darly See more »

Filming Locations:

Champion, Alberta, Canada See more »


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Although the complete song itself is not played in the movie, the piano intro to Bruce Hornsby and the Range's "The Show Goes On" is used. See more »


The geography of their trip north from Portland is mixed up. We see them in the red truck with Leon and Harry, at Britannia Beach, some 70 miles into Canada. (The give-away is the mining building behind them, which is distinctively Britannia Beach, BC.) Later, with 66, they are south of Seattle, deciding where to enter Canada. Then they are obviously in White Rock, BC, again looking at a map to choose their route into Canada. (White Rock is just across the border, in Canada, and 70 miles south of Britannia Beach.) See more »


Darly: Happy cup stealing bitch
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Honky Tonk Special
Written and Performed by Marty Brown
Courtesy of MCA Records
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good duo
23 July 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Marianne (Meg Tilly) had many last names and a roaming mother. She eagerly arrives at Normal, Wyoming as the wife to Curtis Johnson. She leaves after he hits her. She's tired of her nomadic life. Darly Peters (Christine Lahti) is a waitress, former stripper, and part Eskimo who is going to Alaska to claim a home that her ex-husband had supposedly built. She gives Marianne a ride to Marianne's conservative sister Emily Singer in Portland. Marianne decides to run off with Darly to Alaska. After their car gets trashed, they hitchhike with truckers Harrison Rainey and Leon (Maury Chaykin). They run off on the guys and find waitress 66.

It's a sort of Thelma and Louise without explosions, Brad Pitt, or police chases. Meg Tilly does her damaged character and Lahti does her sassy brash character. They are a good duo. The story is a bit rambling. Once they get to Alaska, the story loses its kinetic drive.

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