Leaving Normal (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Leaving Normal (1992)



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Movie Info

Meg Tilly and Christine Lahti star as friends who decide to pack in the drudgery of their lives in Normal, Wyoming and hit the highway for Alaska in this road movie from Edward Zwick.


Christine Lahti
as Darly Peters
Meg Tilly
as Marianne Johnson
Maury Chaykin
as Leon Pendleton
Eve Gordon
as Emily Singer
James Eckhouse
as Rich Singer
Rutanya Alda
as Palmer Hospital Nurse
Ken Angel
as Nuqaq
Barbara Russell
as Izuzu Mother
Ahnee Boyce
as Izuzu Judy
Gordon Tootoosis
as Hank Amaruk
Paul Jarrett
as Charlie
Ed Solomon
as Jerk in Bar
Andrew Johnston
as Nearest Guy
Ben Ratner
as Next Nearest Guy
Timothy Webber
as Spicy's Friend
Sam Bob
as Delivery Guy
Brenda McDonald
as Motel Clerk
Paul Stanley (III)
as Man Customer
Rob Morton
as Bartender
Darryl Layne
as Topless Dancer
Julie Taggart
as Twelve-Year-Old Girl
Ruby Cox
as Woman
Dana Stevens
as Marianne's Mother
Ashlee Buhler
as Young Marianne
Jenny Drugan
as Young Emily
Colin James Munn
as Colin James Band Member
Dennis Marcenko
as Colin James Band Member
Richard Hopkins
as Colin James Band Member
John Ferreira
as Colin James Band Member
Darrell Mayes
as Colin James Band Member
Trisha Gagnon
as Tumbleweed Band Member
Cathy-Anne Whitworth
as Tumbleweed Band Member
Dave Schryver
as Tumbleweed Band Member
Chris Stevens
as Tumbleweed Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Leaving Normal

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Solomon's screenplay treads a delicate line between wit and preciousness; at its weakest, Zwick's direction goes for the canned poignance of TV. Beut there's a lot to relish in this funny, bittersweet, sharply written comedy.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There is a great deal of sincerity in it, an attention to detail, a willingness to let characters be quirky and find their own ways without beating them over the head with the plot. But at the end we're left with a feeling of incompleteness.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

When Christine Lahti is in the driver's seat, this female road saga can abruptly take off like a car that stops choking and sputtering and leaps into a breathtaking overdrive.

June 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Bittersweet comedy about two hurt women who heal each other after finding a place they can call home.

August 29, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Leaving Normal


Two misfits decide to go on a trip to Alaska to find something better. I guess I am a sucker for this type of feel-good film

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

It was okay.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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