''Peggy Sue Got Married'' is a 1986 dramedy film directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola starring Kathleen Turner and NicolasCage. In it, PeggySue is a tired woman on the verge of a divorce from her husband Charlie. She married him at the end of high school when she got pregnant, and their relationship has been rocky ever since. She goes to her high school reunion without him, and meets her old friends again. Peggy is nominated for the reunion's queen, but she faints on stage. When she wakes up, she's in 1960 and has just fainted after donating blood. Can she get back home? Or will she choose to try to start a new life and not get married?
The movie's title comes from the Music/BuddyHolly song of the same name, which was a sequel of sorts to his far more famous "Peggy Sue".
!!Tropes used in the film:
* AllJustADream: Peggy Sue suspects during her entire stay in the past that her experiences may only be a dream.
* AndStarring: "Barry Miller as Richard"
* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: The fraternal order to which Peggy Sue's grandfather belongs. "Girl's gone -- let's play cards!"
* CantTakeAnythingWithYou: A necessary side effect of Peggy Sue's method of time traveling. (Not true, Peggy Sue brought a 1980's joint with her to the past and smoked it with Michael)
* [[CloudCuckooLander Cloud Cuckoo Landers]]: Her grandfather's lodge.
* CoolOldGuy[=/=]CoolOldLady: Peggy Sue's beloved grandparents, to whom she confides the truth of the situation -- and they believe her.
* DeadGuyJunior: Peggy notes, when telling her grandparents about her life in the future, that she named her daughter after Grandma. Grandma is appropriately moved.
* FutureLoser: Charlie
* HiddenDepths: Charlie, and it's a plot point. Walter Getz, surprisingly, as well.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Peggy's reaction to time travel, even taking an extra drink and justifying it with "What the hell, I'm probably dead anyway."
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Subverted by the number of things Peggy Sue knows about the 1980s that sound ridiculous from an early-1960s viewpoint.
** Charlie does think that Music/TheBeatles song "She Loves You" would be better with "Ooo's" than "Yeah's".
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: Peggy Sue tries to change her own life to escape a loveless marriage -- and instead [[spoiler:rediscovers why she loved Charlie to begin with, while changing several other people's lives for the better]].
** [[spoiler: Also, the fact that her children Scott and Beth would never be born is a major reason as well.]]
* MementoMacGuffin: One of Peggy's high school friends at the reunion recognizes the locket that Peggy still wears, saying she remembers how much Peggy loved the trinket when she first received it.
* OddFriendship: Struck up between Peggy Sue and teenaged Richard Norvik, because she desperately needs to talk to ''someone'' who can understand what she's going through.
* OrWasItADream: After she wakes up in the hospital at the end of the film, Peggy Sue is uncertain about the reality of her experiences [[spoiler:until she sees a dedication to her in a book of poetry by the Bohemian rebel she romanced in the past, referring to their time together]].
** [[spoiler: Or it could be Peggy Sue ''did'' sleep with him in the real past and lied about it to friends.]]
* PeggySue: The TropeNamer
* PlayingGertrude: Nicolas Cage as Helen Hunt's father. He is six months younger than her.
* StableTimeLoop: Maybe. Peggy Sue is sure she doesn't remember an extended blackout during her high school years, but there is some evidence to suggest that the timeline which existed ''before'' her journey back is the timeline ''caused'' by her journey back.
* TemporalMutability: Peggy Sue and the high school-aged Richard discuss the implications of her travel on the timeline several times, covering many of the major alternatives.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: When Peggy Sue finds out Delores told Charlie that she slept with Michael, Peggy blurts in an adult way, "''[[PrecisionFStrike That BITCH!]]''" Her friends are momentarily shocked.
* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: It's strongly implied that Richard's reunion-era tech-billionaire status at the start of the movie is at least partially the result of all the future knowledge Peggy Sue gave to his teenaged self in the past.
* TitleDrop: By the titular character, no less.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: To 21st-century eyes, the 1986 scenes can seem as weird and gaudy as the 1960 scenes.
* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler: Peggy Sue claims she never slept with Michael, but even before her "trip", she might have and was simply lying about it.]]
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: Strongly implied.