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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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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Wilkinson had to endure regular close shaves with a barber to convey the impression that estrogen was working on his face. He also had to shave all the hair off his arms, legs and chest. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Irma: Sweet Roy. Sweet soul. What we do for love.
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Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »

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Come Rejoice
Written by Brian Kirk and Kathleen Edwards
Performed by Oak Park Choristers
Chorus director Paul Lindblad
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Another HBO Original success
29 March 2003 | by petermkehoeSee all my reviews

Excellent performances by Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson. The screenplay affirms the truth of the adage..."the things we do for love". And it distinguishes love and passion, delineating how each strengthens the other.

The writer/director eschews cliches, demonstrating how small events can sometimes tell a story more powerfully than moments of high drama,

I enjoyed it more on second viewing than first.


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