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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 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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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 »

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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

Gross USA:

$22,891, 31 December 1996
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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

Pam Anderson said her telescope was a Newtonian reflector; however, it was a long focal length 60mm refractor. 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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The Big Groovy
Written and Performed by Cherubs
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Interesting look at two lower class minds
19 April 2010 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"Normal Life" was barely given a theatrical release by its studio, Fine Line. That's a shame, because there is a lot that is worthy in this movie. John McNaughton was a good choice to direct this movie, because in "Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer", he showed he had a talent for showing those in lower class positions with low self esteem - just like the two main characters in this movie. These characters have high ambitions and try to do better (at least initially), but they are shot down by themselves and their surrounding society. They want, but don't get, respect. The movie is focused on their insides, not much on what surrounds them like their jobs. They are drawn together because they are two lost souls - they at least have that to share. The two actors are excellent in their roles (Luke Perry sheds his pretty-boy image completely here.) The movie is not perfect - there are a few details that are not explained (like what exactly is used to justify Perry's character's firing from his job.) Also, the movie is a bit too long, more noticeably in the first half of the movie - cutting fifteen or so minutes from the movie would have helped. But despite these faults, the movie is still well worth seeking out.


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