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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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The actress. The legend. The woman you never knew. 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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Did You Know?

Goofs

Norma Jean and Marilyn wear earrings for pierced earlobes. The real Marilyn Monroe did not have pierced earlobes, and wore clip earrings. See more »

Quotes

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

References How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
Written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin
Performed by Mira Sorvino
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Odd/Disturbing picture of Marilyn
21 June 1999 | by Atomic-4See all my reviews

I must say that this movie was very interesting, and more than a little disturbing. My knowledge of Marilyn info is not that expansive, but I thought the movie glossed over/fibbed/forgot about some important stuff in her life and chose to focus on the drugs/abuse/breakdown side of her personality. I adore both Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, but neither were very convincing as Marilyn in my humble opinion. (Altho Mira had her voice down pat) The movie was entertaining, but I felt it painted Marilyn more as "deranged over the edge Marilyn" than "gifted star with problems Marilyn".


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