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Norma Jean and Marilyn
Norma Jean and Marilyn
Actors: Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Josh Charles, Ron Rifkin, David Dukes
Director: Tim Fywell
Genres: Drama, Television
R     2004     2hr 19min

Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd star as two sides of the woman America loved, but who struggled to love herself: Marilyn Monroe. Sensuous, shocking, sensational, this is the secret life and loves of the girl called Norma Jean...  more »


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Actors: Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Josh Charles, Ron Rifkin, David Dukes
Director: Tim Fywell
Creators: John Thomas, Glenn Farr, Guy Riedel, Marvin Worth, Udi Nedivi, Anthony Summers, Jill Isaacs
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, All Made-for-TV Movies
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/14/2004
Original Release Date: 05/18/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 05/18/1996
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 19min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

GREAT ACTING, TRAGIC STORY - most people just don't GET IT!!
G. Mitchell | Los Angeles, CA United States | 10/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Why are people so harsh a Mira Sorvino's performance? It's called "ACTING"! Everyone complains about Mira's ditzy accent, but she clearly makes that choice as a kind of armor shielding her from outside forces, creating a new "persona" to protect herself, shield her from all the pain she experienced before as Norma Jean - it's clear that Norma/Marilyn was smart in real life, but was smart enough to "act dumb" - get it?! Although I love Ashley Judd and think she does a terrific job conveying Norma Jean's hunger and drive to make herself a star, Mira actually has the harder role, trying to make the cliche we all know as "Marilyn" into a flesh in blood person - watch the way she takes drugs and then "turns on" the Marilyn charm - and how about the bitter/funny monologue in the mirror where she calls her pills her "best friends" that sometimes scream "Get out of bed, b*tch!" Great stuff. I like how the film re-created moments in Marilyn's career (calendar nude shoot, white-dress blowning over grate) - like many stars (Madonna, Michael Jackson), you get the idea Marilyn doesn't really "live" unless she's on camera or in front of the paparrazzi - This movie always plays late at night on HBO and every time it comes on, I am compelled to drop everything and watch it again! It's THAT GOOD! Give both Ashley and Mira a chance, this should have won some Emmys!"
Didn't feel truthful at all.
Phillysound2 | 08/07/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I didn't feel that this movie was being very honest with the story of Marilyn Monroe. It was just a showcase for some pretty nice bodies."
Pure entertainment.
D. Guery | New York, NY USA | 03/26/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone wanting to know anything about Marilyn Monroe's life, would steer clear of this movie. Not only does it depict Marilyn in a negative light, but the facts are just all wrong. If you're watching just for pure entertainment, then you will enjoy this."
A biogtrphy of Marilyn's inner life
bettienoir | San Diego, CA | 10/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Norma Jean and Marilyn is a fresh, interesting approach to Marilyn's life story, focusing on her inner life rather than just being a straight bio. This film, while somewhat factually inaccurate, is a powerful portrayal of Marilyn's inner world, and I like the device of having Judd's Norma Jean confront Sorvino's Marilyn as a way of showing the internal struggle Marilyn might have felt between different facets of herself. Ashley Judd is just dynamite as Norma Jean, starring in the beginning of the movie as a spunky, ambitious starlet and later appearing every so often as the personification of Marilyn's hidden rage once Mira Sorvino takes over the lead role as Marilyn. Although Sorvino doesn't much physically resemble Marilyn and is somewhat hit-and-miss at replicating Marilyn's voice and mannerisms, she does a wonderful acting job and conveys Marilyn's feelings very convincingly. Judd's later appearances in the film, as the phantom Norma Jean that represented those facets of herself that Marilyn disavowed and rejected, but couldn't rid herself of, made me think about the enormous well of rage Marilyn must have had inside of her over being abused and neglected as a child (her childhookd is affectingly shown in a series of well-integrated flashbacks) and later over being treated like a dumb blonde after she had painted herself into a corner with the sex symbol image she participated in creating. Marilyn couldn't express her rage in an era when nice girls didn't get angry, especially as it seemed that she felt people loved her for her sweet, funny, touchingly vulnerable persona. The movie avoids the whole "Who killed Marilyn?" controversy and depicts her death as a straight overdose caused by Marilyn's taking more and more pills to try and drown out the voice of her inner self Norma Jean. Overall, I thought this was a very good film, well worth a look, an interesting idea done well by an excellent cast."