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The Movie Peggy Sue Got Married is a Time Traveling Delight

Updated on June 16, 2012
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This movie has comedy, nostalgia, and time travel


Last night there was nothing much on TV, so I decided to dig through my DVDs and I came across a gem of a movie called Peggy Sue Got Married.

This movie was released in the year 1986. The director is Francis Ford Coppola. This film has many stars in it, but most of them were just starting their careers when this movie came out. The main stars are Kathleen Turner and Nicholas Cage. The co-stars are some of the great stars today Helen Hunt, Jim Carrey, Sophia Coppola, Joan Allen, and Catherine Hicks. It is a kick to see the sparks of greatness in the parts they play. You can tell that they have a future just watching them in their limited roles here.

We have all wondered, “ If I could do things over again would I do things differently?” In the movie, Peggy Sue Got Married, Peggy has the chance to change her destiny or does she?

Peggy Sue is attending her High School Reunion, but she isn’t exactly happy about it. She and her high school sweetheart Charlie (played by Nicholas Cage) are separated because of an affair he had with a younger woman. When Peggy gets to the reunion that is where weird things start to happen. Peggy collapses and when she comes to she is back in the year 1960.

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could go back in time to when we were younger just for a little bit? When Peggy Sue awakens at her high school she is in shock. Kathleen Turner gives a great performance in this role. You feel her awe and confusion at going back in time. When she sees her sister, as a youngster again, and her Mom, younger again, Kathleen Turner makes you feel Peggy Sue’s love for them. She plays her part well a woman in the body of a young lady. A funny and poignant scene is when Peggy Sue is in the classroom and sings “My Country Tis of Thee” with gusto.

Nicholas Cage gives a great performance as Charlie, Peggy Sue’s boyfriend and later as her husband. The only weird thing is his voice. It seems to change its tone and crack at different times. He may have been trying to show Charlie as the adolescent growing up, but it is hard to say. He is great as he tries to become the next Dion or Fabian. The scenes with him singing are fun to watch. He senses that something is different about this Peggy Sue, but he assumes it was because of an argument they had earlier in the week.

Jim Carrey plays the part of Walter Getz a friend of Charlie and Peggy Sue. He plays his part with great humor and energy. These two things are what drove him to success later with his many films.

Joan Allen is barely recognizable as Peggy Sue’s practical friend Maddy Nagle. She has the thankless part of being the voice of reason and her ambition is to be a wife and mother with her high school boyfriend.

Helen Hunt stars as Beth daughter of Peggy Sue and Charlie. She plays the part of the loving daughter well too bad she didn’t have more to her part.

It is truly wonderful to step back in time with Peggy Sue and see the beautiful cars and the looks of the homes in that late 50’s early 60’s style. The music is another reason to enjoy the film. You have songs like: “Peggy Sue Got Married” by the great Buddy Holly, “Tequila” by the Champs, “Teenager in Love”,” I Wonder Why” by Dion and the Belmonts, “ The Stroll” by The Diamonds,” Finger Poppin Time” by Hank Ballard, and” Just Because” by Lloyd Price. It seemed that in the 1970’s and 1980’s Hollywood had a fascination for the 1950’s and 1960’ and numerous films were made for those eras. Ones that come to mind are America Graffiti, Back to the Future and its sequels, La Bamba, and Grease.

Peggy Sue even contemplates trying to replicate the things she sees in the future like panty hose. It is funny to hear her tell the school geek about all the things that are in the future. It is more ironic now because at the time the movie was made, in the 1980’s, we have come even further along, and the things she mentions in the movie are now a fad to us.

You don’t have been in that era to appreciate the innocence of that time. Peggy Sue even though she was a teen in that era still has to deal with same things as all teenagers have throughout time they are: making that transition from kid to adult, learning about love, and trying to make the best decisions you can for your future.

Peggy Sue goes back in time with her thoughts and experience as a thirty something wife and mother. She decides to have fun with her step back in time and tries to rewrite history. Will she be able to or will she want to? Did she really time travel or was it the time she was unconscious that caused her to go down memory lane? You will have to be the judge.

Peggy Sue Got Married is a sweet comedy that will entertain and leave you feeling a bit sentimental about your own teenage years and those as an adult. It may make you think back to your own nostalgic time and smile. A great movie will do that. Check this one out sometime.

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      cfjots 5 years ago from Conway, SC

      Thank you Seeker7 for your compliments about the movie. I am glad you liked the article. I think Peggy Sue Got Married is one of the great movies that may be overlooked right now. I hope more people will discover it.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      I remember when this movie was first released and I didn't know whether or not I wanted to see it. Boy, I'm glad I did. This is one of my favourite movies and guaranteed to warm up any cold night. I loved your review of this movie, it captures the great characters very well and if I hadn't yet seen the movie, your wonderful article would have inspired me to do so.

      Voted up!!