Normans Awesome Experience (1988)
Norman is a scientist with wild rockabilly hair, drum sticks in his back pocket and a walkman. He’ doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to have an Awesome Experience through time. (say it out loud in a sarcastic tone, thanks)
Norman is seduced by a woman named Erica just so she can get a glimpse of the inside of the nuclear test plant he works in. Not for any top secret information or anything. She just thinks it would be an awesome experience as the background for her photoshoot.
As her photographer/lover Umberto is taking pictures of Erica while Norman is giving a tour of the facility. An awesome experience happens and they are zapped back to ancient Switzerland.
That all happens in the first ten minutes in the movie! It’s quite an awesome experience.
So as soon as they land in the past, Umberto and Erica immediately turn on Norman cursing him and blaming him for everything. They end up being kidnapped by Romans and have an awesome experience escaping to a village of Gallic people.
Norman is having an awesome experience teaching the tribe about early rock n roll tunes and teaching them english through song lyrics. He falls in love with a woman who always has one breast hanging out (As do most of the people in the tribe).
Meanwhile, Umberto and Erica are not having an awesome experience. They complain the whole time and talk about turning on or killing Norman the whole time.
The tribe eventually has a revolution and have an awesome experience battling the Roman Empire with Normans help. It’s alot like the battle in Army of Darkness. Except with a hot air balloon.
The movie rolls pretty slowly and isn’t really as exciting as I’m making it sound.
What is kind of cool is that Norman, Erica and Umberto never return to the future. They realized they are fucked as soon as they get zapped back in time. I find that uncommon in time travel films.
The film has also been praised as being very historically accurate. The dress of the tribes (IE one boob) and the Romans are apparently dead on. The film makers even made a risky choice and awesome experience by making nobody speak english. Umberto does most of the translating because he speaks Latin.
The film originally was called Normanicus. I guess they realized that is a bad title and changed it to “A Switch in Time”. Which could even be a worse name. Further down the line, some producer had the named changed to cash in on Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure . I think this is insulting to Norman seeing how he is a rocket scientist and Bill and Ted are failing history.
Normans Awesome Experience never came out on DVD. But it’s not too hard to find on VHS.
Things to Look Out For:
Dirty people, Canadians, Romans in bubble baths, awesome experiences, sing alongs and awesome experiences.
Misleading Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkVeA_TZsQQ&feature=youtu.be