''Peggy Sue Got Married'' is a 1986 comedy-drama film directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, starring Creator/KathleenTurner and Creator/NicolasCage.
PeggySue Bodell (Turner) is a tired woman on the verge of a divorce from her husband Charlie (Cage). 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 ClassReunion 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 [[SequelSong 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"
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Peggy Sue is the only person Richard isn't snarky to at the reunion. It's implied he likes Charlie because a) he likes Peggy Sue and by extension Charlie, and b) one scene has 1960 Charlie praising Richard as a nice guy who is writing a book, hinting that Charlie never bullied him. (In fact, it's probable that Peggy Sue and Charlie as a couple would have been friendly to him post-high school.)
* BestYearsOfYourLife: Uncomfortably averted. Despite being dropped back into the drama of being a senior in high school with all the attendant relationship issues, social issues, and parental pressure, Peggy Sue spends most of the movie feeling like it's true. Her grandparents are alive, she can still be close to her sister, her terrible marriage hasn't happened yet, and she doesn't have any adult worries like house payments. Her unborn children are the only thing she seems to miss.
* BrickJoke: Peggy's grandmother guesses that her husband's lodge just plays poker and watches porno films. Well, the lodge is a cult that worships time travelers (and claims it was founded by one), but after Peggy vanishes, one of the members announces, "Girl's gone! -- Let's play cards!"
* BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats: The fraternal order to which Peggy Sue's grandfather belongs. "Girl's gone -- let's play cards!"
* CatchPhrase / RunningGag: "Why I oughta!" Peggy is still baffled by it. "That's because you're not a jerk," she's informed.
* [[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, though that's debatable. All we know is he was estranged from Peggy Sue and has a really wacky television commercial akin to Crazy Eddie.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: When Charlie and Peggy Sue finally have sex, he murmurs, "This is right. This is ''right''."
* 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.
* MisterSandmanSequence: One happens shortly after Peggy Sue wakes up as her teenaged self in 1960. As her friends drive her home, she's treated to shots of her hometown as it used to be, with vintage clothing and cars everywhere, and "Tequila" by the Champs on the radio.
* 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
** Nicolas Cage as Helen Hunt's father. He is six months younger than her.
** Kathleen Turner, then 32 years old, plays a divorcee in her 40's in the 1986 present.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Charlie's annoying sidekick is played by a then-unknown Creator/JimCarrey
* 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.
* TheStoner: Walter. He brags that as a dentist, he gets pharmaceutical grade drugs.
* 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.
* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler: Peggy Sue claims she never slept with Michael, but even before her "trip", she might have and was simply lying about it, since it would have meant she cheated on Charlie.]]
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: Strongly implied.