Normal

Normal

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Director: Jane Anderson

Cast: Jane Anderson, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Lange, Hayden Panettiere

     
 

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Although undergoing a sex change is not as unusual a procedure as it once was in days gone by, it is still hardly an everyday occurrence -- especially in rural, conservative western Illinois, where Normal takes place. After 25 years of marriage, Roy Applewood (Tom Wilkinson) surprises his wife, Irma (Jessica Lange), by announcing that he'd rather be a woman,

Overview

Although undergoing a sex change is not as unusual a procedure as it once was in days gone by, it is still hardly an everyday occurrence -- especially in rural, conservative western Illinois, where Normal takes place. After 25 years of marriage, Roy Applewood (Tom Wilkinson) surprises his wife, Irma (Jessica Lange), by announcing that he'd rather be a woman, and in fact has felt like a woman for most of his adult life. As Roy undergoes the standard hormone and prosthetics process to transform himself into "Ruth", his sudden gender switch elicits shock, surprise, and anger from friends, family members, and co-workers alike -- but also is met with support and sympathy from a number of extremely unlikely sources. Tastefully produced and acted, the film wisely avoids shock value in its subject matter and condescension in its treatment of middle-America types. Directed by Jane Anderson, who also adapted the script from her own stage play Looking for Normal, the made-for-cable Normal premiered March 16, 2003, on HBO.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2012
UPC:
0883316491355
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Archives
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
52,676

Special Features

cc Audio commentary with writer/director Jane Anderson Cast & director bios

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Wilkinson Roy Applewood/Ruth Applewood
Jessica Lange Irma Applewood
Hayden Panettiere Patty Ann
Clancy Brown Frank
Joe Sikora Wayne
Randall Arney Reverend Muncie
Richard Bull Roy's father
Mary Seibel Roy's mother

Technical Credits
Jane Anderson Director,Screenwriter,Teleplay
Jane Alderman Casting
Gary Baugh Art Director
John Brace Casting
Cary Brokaw Executive Producer
Thomas J. Busch Producer
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Lisa Fruchtman Editor
James Giovannetti Asst. Director
Hope Hanafin Costumes/Costume Designer
Alar Kivilo Cinematographer
Linda Lowy Casting
David Obermeyer Sound/Sound Designer
Lydia Dean Pilcher Executive Producer
Nina Ruscio Production Designer
Alex Wurman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Normal
1. Anniversary Celebration [4:40]
2. The Secret Revealed [5:49]
3. Asking Questions [6:34]
4. Searching for Solutions [8:15]
5. Word of Mouth [8:09]
6. Shopping Spree [4:40]
7. Up an Octave [7:21]
8. Returning Home [8:56]
9. Morning Dose [2:48]
10. Dressing the Part [5:43]
11. Unwelcome Reception [3:43]
12. Sensitive Needs [8:49]
13. Measuring Up [7:56]
14. Home For the Holidays [10:55]
15. Father and Son [10:33]
16. Special Gifts/End Credits [7:43]

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Normal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! While certain people may find the topic of the conflict objectionable, I think it is a story of true love. It is done tastefully and with humor. The characters are engaging and real. I watched it 3 times! Well done and something to think about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This movie is just awesome. I came upon it by chanel surfing and I couldn't stop watching it. Why did Jessica Lange not win an award for this film? Every actor in the family of this movie did a wondeful job. Its touching and lightly lets people know of what a family would go through if a father would decide to go through a sex change. This film is beyond a 5 star! Go and rent it or even better, BUY IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful movie told with great sensitivity and humor. Initially, I thought Wilkinson was an odd choice to play Roy/Ruth (first impression is that there is nothing effeminate about him to make it 'believable'), however, that mere fact is what makes it work (not to mention he was wonderful in the role). Jessica Lange was terrific as a woman struggling to accept the changes with her husband as well as her own changes as she transitions into menopause. All in all, a terrific cast and enjoyable movie despite it's controversial topic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Normal" is the story of a Mid-western couple that has been happily married for over 20 years and has two children. On their wedding anniversary the husband confesses to his wife that he has felt trapped in the wrong body for many years and has decided to finally do something about it. What unfolds is the story of how the wife, the children, the workplace, and the church react to this situation. It is told with the utmost sensitivity and good taste. This couple deeply and truly loves each other and that is not changed by the husband's predicament. The depth of the emotional honesty and the superb acting in this film brought tears to my eyes. There is much to ponder here.