Peggy Sue Got Married
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Join Kathleen Turner in her Oscar(r) nominated role, (1986, Best Actress) along with Nicholas Cage and Jim Carrey, in Francis Ford Coppola's triumphant tale of love and acceptance. If you could turn back the hands of time, how would you change destiny? This is the question facing a divorcing Peggy Sue, when she is suddenly transported from her 25th class reunion, back to her senior year in high school! Enabled to alter her future, Peggy Sue dares to stray from the safe path which led to her unhappiness. This time around, she's following her passion, come what may! PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED once. But will she do it again? And with the same man who broke her heart the first time around?
Francis Ford Coppola's passable 1986 comedy stars Kathleen Turner as an unhappy, middle-aged woman who goes back in time to her high school years and meets her future husband (Nicolas Cage) all over again. A lightweight entry from Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), the film has some clever, backward-looking jokes (Turner's character laughs incredulously when someone turns up with a brand-new Edsel); and the lead actress does bring intelligence and searching emotions to her role. Cage (Coppola's nephew), who specialized in these dumb-guy roles back then (see Raising Arizona), is in sharp, raw form. Worth a visit, but don't expect to be bowled over this time by the legendary director. --Tom KeoghSee all Editorial Reviews
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Watching it again more than 30 years later (gawd) it's a new movie. This is a beautiful, sweet film perhaps appreciated more by those who can't remember what it felt like to be able to just pick up the phone and hear your grandmother's voice. The fantasy of being able to witness your friends and family...your life from the perspective of experience is deliciously embraced by Kathleen Turner, who clearly has a blast in this movie... Interestingly enough-- I remember thinking the first time I saw this that Nicolas Cage had been badly miscast...now? I loved him! I can offer no explanation for my earlier opinion.
However, the movie is a "flash back in time. Peggy Sue and hubby Crazy Charley are on the verge of a divorce and her teenage daughter (Hellen Hunt) persuades her to attend her high school 1960 Senior Class Reunion and she reluctantly does so. The movie closely portrays life in small town USA in the early and mid-50's, very few kids had cars and the ones who did drove Model-A's or pre-WWII Fords and Chevy's. Most kids rode bikes, scooters, or walked (if dad didn't drive us). Note I said "dad," in those days women didn't drive...it was before automatic transmissions, power steering and power brakes and cars and trucks were hard to handle. If you're a product of the Greatest Generation, you'll laugh and cry, if you're younger than that you'll probably just sigh.
The companion to this movis is another favorite, "American Graffiti." It highlights "crusing" on Satruday night and flirting with the "car-hops!" Love both movies!
At any rate, the Blu-ray is acceptable but not fantastic. The video is still not in high definition; I assume because it wasn't shot that way. The audio is slightly crisper than on my old DVD. Unfortunately there are absolutely no extras on the disc at all. It would be wonderful if, for the 30th anniversary of the film, a director's cut with lots of extra features would be released. We can dream!
My sister's boyfriend had a black Impala like Charlie's blue one. In one scene you could see a corner of a Helms Bakery Truck. In Los Angeles, Helms Bakery had a huge bakery in Culver City. They would dispatch trucks all over Los Angeles County. The truck had a little air whistle and we would run out to the truck that had drawers filled with donuts, cookies, bread, cream puffs and cakes that were all baked that morning. The inside of the truck smelled like heaven.
I remember my sisters wearing the poodle skirts and scarfs around their necks. What a time, what a time.