Leaving Normal

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Time Out says

Thelma & Louise without the turbo charge, this never seems certain where it's going. When Darly & Marianne set out on their voyage of self-discovery, their lives are a mess. Lahti's Darly is a brassy barmaid, as capable of putting her drunken customers down ('It takes more than two fingers to make me come') as of fireman's-lifting them outside. She seems to know where she's going, especially in comparison to Tilly's little-girl-lost Marianne. But on the road from Normal (Wyoming) to Alaska, it becomes clear that both are dominated by unresolved pain and unsuccessful relationships. The script, from Bill and Ted writer Edward Solomon, is full of detours where we meet enjoyably surreal supporting players who seem to have wandered in from a Lynch or a Waters movie. Solomon also supplies sharp lines, mostly to Lahti, who delivers them with great style. But there is a spurious mystical element, and this shunts the film off track in the direction of sentimentality, despite its quirky charm and photogenic locations.
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UK release:

1991

Duration:

110 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Edward Zwick

Cast:

Patrika Darbo, James Gammon, Maury Chaykin, Lenny Von Dohlen, Meg Tilly, Christine Lahti, Eve Gordon

Music:

WD Snuffy Walden

Art Director:

Patricia Norris

Editor:

Victor Du Bois

Cinematography:

Ralf D Bode

Screenwriter:

Ed Solomon

Producer:

Lindsay Doran

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Sal

It was a good movie. I enjoyed it. Man when she got slapped, she had that look that said her soul was slapped too. She did the right thing and just ran away! Smart woman, unlike many in real life.

Sal

It was a good movie. I enjoyed it. Man when she got slapped, she had that look that said her soul was slapped too. She did the right thing and just ran away! Smart woman, unlike many in real life.