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Normal (2003)

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A Midwestern husband and father announces her plan to have a sex change operation.

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Jane Anderson

Writers:

Jane Anderson (play), Jane Anderson (teleplay)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Bull ... Roy Sr. - Roy's Father
Mary Seibel Mary Seibel ... Em - Roy's Mother
Danny Goldring ... Church Friend Pete
Jessica Lange ... Irma Applewood
Tom Wilkinson ... Roy 'Ruth' Applewood
Hayden Panettiere ... Patty Ann Applewood
Randall Arney Randall Arney ... Reverend Dale Muncie
Rich Komenich Rich Komenich ... Co-Worker Bob
Kirk Anderson Kirk Anderson ... Machinist
Christian Ambrose Christian Ambrose ... Band Member #1
Joe Foust Joe Foust ... Roadie #1
Sean Rice Sean Rice ... Band Member #2
Mickey Tuman Mickey Tuman ... Roadie #2
Joseph Sikora ... Wayne Applewood (as Joe Sikora)
Clancy Brown ... Frank
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Storyline

In the countryside of the United States of America, Irma Applewood and her husband Roy Applewood have been happily married for twenty-five years and they are model citizens in their community. Roy brings Irma to meet Reverend Dale Muncie, who is their pastor and friend, to tell that he is a woman trapped in a man's body and he will have a sex-change operation. Now Roy has to face the deception of his wife and the intolerance of his colleagues, members of his church and his son Wayne. But Irma loves him and after the impact of the news, she understands and supports him with their teenage daughter Patty Ann (Hayden Panettiere) and Roy's boss Frank ('Clancy Brown') that is their friend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Love. Marriage. Acceptance. Sex change.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Frage der Liebe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Although this was made for television by HBO Films, it was still an official selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

Patty Ann: Mom, Dad and I have the same breast size now!
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Crazy Credits

"Looking for Normal" originally produced by Geffen Playhouse, Gilbert Cates, Randall Arney, Stephen Eich, Los Angeles, CA 2001 See more »

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Referenced in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Always
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by k.d. lang (as KD Lang)
Produced by k.d. lang (as KD Lang) and Teddy Borowiecki
KD Lang appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
String arrangement, piano, vibraphone by Teddy Borowiecki
string quartet: Joel Derouin, Michele Lamar Richards, Darrin McCann,
Steve Richards
drums: Jay Bellerose
bass: David Piltch
engineer: Roger Sommers
second engineer: Chris Wenzer
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Excellent.
19 March 2003 | by uniVerse-4See all my reviews

Writing, acting, and direction were outstanding. I chuckled, laughed, brimmed with tears, during, and thought differently after this film. The character interaction captured so well the kinds of behavior one might see (but not necessarily expect) under such highly unusual circumstances. Midwest setting underscored the challenge and the humanity. HBO should release this to theaters next.


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