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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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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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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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Written and Performed by Mekons
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Strange and ultimately unsatisfying
27 April 1999 | by Sean GallagherSee all my reviews

I don't know why, but I haven't been able to get into the films of director John McNaughton. Of the films of his I've seen(HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, MAD DOG AND GLORY, WILD THINGS, and this), I can see obvious talent, but for some reason he hasn't put it all together for me(HENRY, the best of those, was tighter, but had some problems). At least here, I can detail what went wrong for me. For one, there were too many shouting matches(someone ought to tell actors that yelling is not the only way to express anger). For another, I've never really liked Luke Perry, and he runs the gamut of expressions here from A to B. Ashley Judd is quite good here, giving an intuitive performance, and never quite answering what's wrong with her character, but letting us guess for ourselves(of course, she's a drug addict and alcoholic, but there seems to be more to it). And the details of this supposedly true story seem fascinating. I just wish it added up to more.


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