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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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They found the American Dream ... One bullet at a time! 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 Discovery Channel did a documentary about the case within the 2000s about Jeffery and Jill Erickson as the director may had known about this in the headlines. The F.B.I. Files: Death Pact (2003) 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 »

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Another Little Freedom
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Performed by Insiders
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Embarrassing.
6 May 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

More often than not, an early title card that reads "inspired by a true story" translates to a film maker's apology for what is going to be an embarrassing work. And electronic titles as well, the cheapest possible-cheap like they use for the late-night cable movies suggests this project was scrapped-pieces pasted together into something presentable, but hardly watchable.

And when you're right, you're right.

Good, lonely boy meets bad, bad girl, in a bad, bad, bad, movie

It seems inappropriate to criticize the actors, as I can't imagine there was even a script. Every scene seems to be a series of bad improvs, almost amateurish audition pieces. I was a John McNaughton fan based on his first feature: "Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer", a low budget, but high-energy, inventive piece of film making. But this mess is only familiar to that film as regards overall production value.

By my count this makes 5 movies in a row where the high point of Ashley Judd's performance seems to be her undressing and /or use of dirty language. This list includes her role as the young Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe). Maybe a case of life imitates art?


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