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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 »

Director:

Edward Zwick

Writer:

Ed Solomon (as Edward Solomon)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,514,114
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Darly: Oh my god. This room has "Please God don't make my son a fag" written all over it.
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Wicked Game
Written and Performed by Chris Isaak
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Heartfelt and funny.
5 June 2000 | by kay.franeySee all my reviews

The movie had a lovely opening with Meg Tilly confiding to a series of fellow passengers on a Greyhound Bus, that she is sure her life was about to change, even though she was marrying a person she did not know very well. About two minutes later, she is back out on the road, illusions shattered. Her character(Marianne) bumps into Christine Lahti, who is also ready for a change, after burning just about everybody who has ever be-friended her. So, Marianne-Pollyana and the queen of bitterness take off for Alaska. Some of the surprises include a poet-trucker, and Christine's dancing abilities.


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