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Normal Life (1996)

Chris is young idealistic cop who falls in love and gets married to Pam, a beautiful but emotionally unstable woman who suffers from alcoholism and drug addiction. While Chris is trying ... See full summary »

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John McNaughton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Judd ... Pam Anderson
Luke Perry ... Chris Anderson
Bruce A. Young ... Agent Parker (as Bruce Young)
Jim True-Frost ... Mike Anderson (as Jim True)
Edmund Wyson ... Darren
Michael Skewes Michael Skewes ... Officer Swift
Scott Cummins ... Hank Chilton
Kevin Mukherji ... Homeowner
Kate Walsh ... Cindy Anderson
Tom Towles ... Frank Anderson
Penelope Milford ... Adele Anderson
Brian McCann ... Justice of the Peace
Dawn Maxey Dawn Maxey ... Eva
Kevin Hurley Kevin Hurley ... Norman
Brian Blondell Brian Blondell ... Toy Store Clerk
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Storyline

Chris is young idealistic cop who falls in love and gets married to Pam, a beautiful but emotionally unstable woman who suffers from alcoholism and drug addiction. While Chris is trying hard to have a normal life and some money, Pam is big spender and their marriage is constantly troublesome with the financial situation getting worse and worse. The biggest blow comes after Chris loses his job. In the desperate situation Chris decides to use his police skills to rob banks. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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love | police | bar | sex in bed | revolver | See All (21) »

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Love Was Their Addiction, Crime Was The Drug. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of violence, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikai rémálom See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,315, 27 October 1996

Gross USA:

$22,891

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,891
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bar where Chris and Pam first meet is the Bartlett Tap, and is located in downtown Bartlett. It's a tavern that has been there since the 1800's. See more »

Goofs

The director took creative liberties with the news story. The names were changed in the film hence the factual errors. Bonnie 'n Clyde: 60172, revealed much of the story itself played up in Roselle and most of Hoffman Estates and Schamburg. The scenes of Hanover Park were like in the news story too. The Hanover Park shots were on Elgin-Chicago Road known as Irving Park Road west of the city where it is known as Irving Park along Roselle, Hanover Park, Bensonville, and Itasca. In Elgin the name changes to E. Chicago Street. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chris Anderson: Lock and load. You ready?
[Pam nods]
Chris Anderson: Time to go.
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Alternate Versions

Portuguese version misses about 9 minutes of the original movie. There are no scenes of nudity or sex, and not a single swear word. Even the scenes showing characters with guns pointed at their own heads were removed. In Portugal there is no censorship, but it seems the local distributor brought in a version made for American networks. See more »


Soundtracks

Real Criminals
Written by R.Trotter, BJ Jacobs, R. Diggs, M. Huante and L. Fisher
Performed by Positively Hard Core
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Well drawn characters of a hopelessly incompatible couple.
30 August 2004 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

An incompatible couple try to find a normal life. Differences of opinion constantly lead to outbursts of anger and threats of ending the partnership. Pam (Ashley Judd) is an irresponsible woman who makes up for the lack of excitement in her life by indulging in drugs and alcohol. She is certainly not content to be a housewife. Policeman Chris (Luke Perry) on the other hand is a level-headed husband who pampers her in every material way. He is soon in dreadful debt.

The turbulent life-style of these two main characters occupy the screen most of the time and we feel there is no hope for either of them. Indeed their incompatibility is enough to put one totally off marriage. Their shouting matches are quite savage and somewhat depressing.

When Chris resigns from the police force and discovers a new way to riches and living life to the full, excitement takes over and the characters are fired with a new enthusiasm. Pam insists she be a part of this new game and for a time she becomes a new woman.

The characters are well drawn, the car chases quite exciting. This change of mood spices up their sex lives clearly depicted in a series of bedroom scenes.

The final sequences are dramatic and exciting so stay with the film to the end. The old saying that "Crime does not pay" is clearly delivered and understood.


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