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Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996)

This film follows Norma Jean from her simple, ambitious youth to her superstar pinnacle and back down. She moves from lover to lover in order to further her career. She finds fame but never happiness, only knowing seduction but not love.

Director:

Tim Fywell

Writers:

Anthony Summers (book), Jill Isaacs
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Judd ... Norma Jean Dougherty
Mira Sorvino ... Marilyn Monroe
Josh Charles ... Eddie Jordan
Ron Rifkin ... Johnny Hyde
David Dukes ... Arthur Miller
Peter Dobson ... Joe DiMaggio
Taylor Nichols ... Fred Karger
John Rubinstein ... Darryl Zanuck
Allan Corduner ... Billy Wilder
Dana Goldstone Dana Goldstone ... Lee Strasberg
Micole Mercurio ... Mozelle Hyde
Lindsay Crouse ... Natasha Lytess
John Apicella ... Milton Krasner
Robert Alan Beuth ... Commissary Photographer
Frank Birney ... Preacher
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Storyline

In this film, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino portray two sides of the woman America loved, but who struggled to love herself: Marilyn Monroe. To the world, Marilyn was a vivacious superstar, the epitome of sexuality, sensuality and frolicsome amusement. Every man wanted her - every woman wanted to be her. But behind the enticing smile, beneath the tight-fitting dresses, there was a dark secret - one Marilyn could not bury in the past... the child inside named Norma Jean. Everything Norma Jean dreams of, Marilyn achieves. Every man she struggles to resist, Marilyn succumbs to. And while Marilyn climbs the ladder to success, Norma Jean was beneath it, almost willing her to fall. Written by HBO Home Video

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Marilyn Monroe was our fantasy. Norma Jean was her reality. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and nudity, some substance abuse and strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Norma Jean and Marilyn See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

We see a man smoking some cigarettes and there is a Surgeon General's tobacco packaging warning on the box. These warnings did not appear until 1964 and did not become common until the early 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Hyde: How can you be so cold?
Marilyn Monroe: Because you let me.
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Connections

References President Kennedy's Birthday Salute (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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Disappointing
3 April 2001 | by joshmayhewSee all my reviews

Well, being a big fan of Marilyn Monroe, and her life, I have to say this movie was not very good, and was a poor depiction of Marilyn's life. It seems that every other scene they did something wrong. I'm not picky, but facts are facts. First off, the way they had her die was completely and totally wrong. Second, they portrayed her as a dits who felt sorry for herself all the time. It wasn't like that. While she did have her share of problems, it wasn't as foolish as they made it out to be. I wouldn't rent this.


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