Normal Life

Normal Life

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Director: John McNaughton

Cast: Ashley Judd, Luke Perry, Bruce Young

     
 
A seemingly ordinary couple jump the tracks into disaster in this drama based on a true story. Chris Anderson (Luke Perry) is a straight-arrow cop who meets Pam (Ashley Judd) after she's hurt in a barroom fight. He asks her to dance after helping to stop her bleeding, and it's love at first sight. While Chris plays by the rules, Pam likes to drink, smoke dope, spend

Overview

A seemingly ordinary couple jump the tracks into disaster in this drama based on a true story. Chris Anderson (Luke Perry) is a straight-arrow cop who meets Pam (Ashley Judd) after she's hurt in a barroom fight. He asks her to dance after helping to stop her bleeding, and it's love at first sight. While Chris plays by the rules, Pam likes to drink, smoke dope, spend money, and cause trouble, and while he wants to make her happy, her emotional instability makes this no easy task. After Chris is fired and takes a job as a security guard, he can no longer pay the bills that Pam is ringing up. He uses his knowledge of security systems to rob banks, and he discovers that he's good at it. Pam eventually finds out about Chris' sideline; the prospect of danger excites her sexually, and she insists on joining in for future robberies, goading him into a crime spree that leads to tragedy. While Normal Life was planned as a theatrical release, the film debuted on premium cable after disputes between the studio and director John McNaughton; despite this, the film earned positive reviews and a cult following.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
It's easy to understand why this dark and unrelenting psychological drama never made it into movie theaters, which seem to welcome fewer and fewer films with real bite onto their screens. Though not as gloomy as his breakthrough film, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, John McNaughton's look at a suburban marriage gone awry in the worst ways doesn't hold back. Give credit to Ashley Judd, a long way from playing victimized women in much more formulaic films, for letting out all the stops in her portrayal of Pam, the picture of amorality. Normal Life follows many of the conventions of film noir, with an honest man allowing himself to be sucked into a life of crime by a no-good woman, but it is also deliberately less polished than the best films of that genre. It has the immediacy of a documentary, and even if it weren't based on a true story, Normal Life feels like a feature article you'd read in the Sunday edition of your local paper under the headline "Local Cop Gone Bad."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2005
UPC:
0794043770128
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ashley Judd Pam Anderson
Luke Perry Chris Anderson
Bruce Young Agent Parker
Jim True Mike Anderson
Dawn Maxey Eva
Penelope Milford Adele Anderson
Michael Skewes Swift
Tom Towles Frank Anderson
Bryan McCann Justice of the Peace
Kevin Hurley Norman
Diane Dorsey Head Teller
Tony Fitzpatrick New House Neighbor
Tony Mockus F.B.I. Agent
Eric Young Chris Lawyer

Technical Credits
John McNaughton Director
Jeanne Caliendo Asst. Director
Jean de Segonzac Cinematographer
Nancy Fallace Set Decoration/Design
Curt Frisk Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Hale Score Composer
Peg Haller Screenwriter
Steven A. Jones Co-producer
Rick LeFevour Stunts
Elena Maganini Editor
Richard Maynard Producer
Robert McNaughton Score Composer
Rick Paul Production Designer
John Saviano Producer
Bob Schneider Screenwriter
Jacqueline St. Anne Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/"Lock and Load" [4:56]
2. Two Years Earlier [3:15]
3. Target Practice [3:33]
4. Black Holes [5:33]
5. Crossing the Line [3:26]
6. "You Gotta Love Me Back" [4:43]
7. Dinner With the Parents [4:28]
8. Setting the Ground Rules [3:41]
9. Pam Goes Shopping [3:20]
10. "I Never Should Have Married You" [3:11]
11. Afternoon at Mike's [4:15]
12. "I Can't Help You Right Now" [3:18]
13. Requesting Backup [4:58]
14. "It's Over on the Count of Three" [2:10]
15. The Test [4:27]
16. Making Things Right [5:54]
17. A Normal Life [6:25]
18. Pam Knows [3:53]
19. "How Can You Stop?" [2:41]
20. "You Used to be Fun" [4:48]
21. "Don't Ever Leave Me" [3:20]
22. The Stars and the Stakeout [6:10]
23. "Time to Go" [4:31]
24. End Credits [5:06]

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Normal Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very few films touch my heart but this one has. The direction in this film is more than real. Ashley Judd and Luke Perry are two of the most wonderfully , talented actors I have ever seen. I love this film and have enjoyed watching it many times.