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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 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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 crossings from Washington State into Canada are all well-developed highways; but we see them entering Canada on a narrow road with no center line. See more »

Quotes

Darly: Adios, shithole!
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References Mary Tyler Moore (1970) See more »

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Honky Tonk Special
Written and Performed by Marty Brown
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Good actresses can't break through the plastic coating...
6 February 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Before the advent of the Lifetime or Women's Entertainment networks, wherein made-for-cable movies regularly turn up about female bonding amidst great inner turmoil, something slight like "Leaving Normal" actually made a run in theaters; today, I doubt that would happen. Abused wife Meg Tilly hitches up with world-weary Christine Lahti for adventures on the road. It's a feminist comedy-drama with a few thoughtful things to say, but too much melodramatic nonsense and curious attempts at broad humor which do not work at all. Edward Zwick directed, and he gets this tale off to a shaky start (and Lahti, in particular, seems to struggle to find her character). It improves as it goes along, but not enough to make it a memorable trip. ** from ****


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