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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Marilyn Monroe was our fantasy. Norma Jean was her reality.

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

The film's title misspells Norma Jean(e)'s name by omitting the "e" at the end of her name. This might have to do with the fact that her name was incorrectly misspelled on her birth certificate which omitted the "e". Nonetheless all official documents throughout Marilyn's life have her listed as either Norma Jeane Baker, Dougherty, or Mortenson (her mother's second husband's last name). Ironically, however, during the film, when Norma Jeane slips Ted Lewis a napkin with her name name and phone number on it, we see that she has correctly spelled her name with the "e" at the end of it. 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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References Hopalong Cassidy (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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Good Movie Overall
9 August 2002 | by CharliesFireFlyAngelSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first premiered back in 1996 and I saw it again last night. I think that it's a good movie overall. Very good concept, screen-writing, and acting, but I don't even worry about the accuracy, because a lot of times in these type of "biographical" movies, theres always gonna be something different to it, especially when most of the people aren't alive to comfirm what is true and what's isn't.

I found this movie to be very interesting more than anything else and times it seemed very depressing; was Marilyn that sad? Ashley Judd is very impressive in this movie and her portrayal of Norma Jean's involvment in Marilyn's then-current life, is one of the reasons that makes this movie so interesting. Mira Sorvino was also very impressive, but I believe that the only fault in Sorvino's performance was that the writter's seemed to portray Marilyn as a dumb blonde, when I believe Marilyn was not even close to that. Sometimes it did seem kind of disrespectful, but I don't think that they really meant any harm by it, but they should've known. Don't go watching this film expecting accuracy, I think that's what too many people are expecting. Go to this film expecting to hear a possible side to this woman's life, not for the absolute and complete truth, cause you will not get it from this film. The only place you can get the truth is from the late Marilyn herself.


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