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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ashley Judd's first nude scenes. See more »

Goofs

The film has almost too many factual errors to be mentioned and shouldn't be considered a "true" portrait of Monroe's life. See more »

Quotes

Marilyn Monroe: Oh, no, Johnny, you need your rest.
Johnny Hyde: I'll get my rest when I'm dead, which is going to be sooner rather than later. You know that, Marilyn.
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Connections

References Jezebel (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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User Reviews

Marilyn would have shed some tears
21 January 2002 | by Bulldog-DanSee all my reviews

I don't know how many times I seen it. It was a masterpiece.Marilyn done all she could to get to where she wanted to be.She even did as most of em had to do which was sleep with every guy at the top till you get there.

The movie was brilliantly done and well played with a good cast.I don't know if i'd used Mira sorvino.

First part of the movie was sad to me. She had a hard life and had to put up with being abused and even raped.

Marilyn had a hard life.To many,money is everything.Marilyn just wanted to be loved. Marilyn didn't know how loved she was.She was sad.

Norma Jean and Marilyn is a movie that I would watch over and over and tell others to watch it.IT IS NOT A MOVIE CHILDREN SHOULD SEE.


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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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