Peggy Sue Got Married


(out of 5)

 gives one of the best performances ever committed to film as the title character, a forty-something woman who experiences a fainting spell at her twenty-fifth year high school reunion and dreams she goes back to her teenage days (only this time knowing what she knows from her adult life). She’s given the opportunity to change a few things and appreciate her youth in a new light, and director Francis Ford Coppola injects enough sentiment to make it very touching without ever becoming sappy or contrived. The only possible flaw in the film is that Coppola has cast  and , who are both near Turner’s age, to play her high school chums, presumably to accommodate the scenes of the high school reunion at the beginning of the film; these are two great actresses and do so well with their roles, but we’re robbed of seeing how odd and funny the comparison is between a grown woman and two high school girls in the flashbacks.

, Rastar Pictures, Zoetrope Studios, Delphi V Productions

USA, 1986

Directed by

Screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1986

Golden Globe Awards 1986

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