Cult Movie Essentials

Cult Movie Essentials: Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Peggy Sue Got Married takes place in 1985 and follows Peggy Sue Bodell (Kathleen Turner) – a woman who has recently separated from her husband Charlie Bodell (Nicholas Cage) after putting up with his infidelity for years. Peggy and Charlie have been together since High School and now Peggy has her 25-year high school reunion to attend and is worried what people say, so she attends with her daughter, Beth (Helen Hunt).

Upon arrival Peggy meets up with her old friends Maddy (Joan Allen) and Carol (Catherine Hicks) but then Charlie turns up and an uncomfortable moment occurs as Peggy ignores him in front of everyone. Then the reunion’s “king and queen” are announced. The king is class geek turned billionaire inventor Richard Norvik (Barry Miller), and Peggy Sue is named the queen and walks on stage, but then faints.

When Peggy Sue wakes up she has travelled back in time to the spring of 1960, her senior year of high school, and apparently she passed out after donating blood in the school gym – the same place the reunion took place. She discovers everything is exactly how she remembered it including her friends (which include Jim Carrey) and family. After fainting she is taken home.

The following day, Peggy Sue has relaxed more and is starting to have fun in 1960. Then she starts to think about her relationship with Charlie she considers breaking up with  him as she knows how it will end.

In a bid to understand what has happened to her, Peggy Sue becomes friends with Richard Norvik and reveals her situation to him after some convincing he agrees to help her.

Confusion reigns with Charlie, her family and her friends as Peggy Sue debates changing the past as well as getting back to the future…

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