Norma Rae (1979)


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The heroine of Norma Rae (Sally Field) has no grand ambitions. She is a woman in an Alabama mill town in the '60s, and, like her father, her mother, and most of her friends, she works at the Henley textile plant spinning and weaving cloth, as the days go by without much apparent purpose. Norma Rae is a dependable, lively widowed mother who doesn't think much will ever change in her life. That assumption is proved wrong when she and her co-workers meet Reuben (Ron Leibman), a smart-mouthed but … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Harriet,, Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr. / Irving Ravetch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2001
20th Century Fox Film Corporat



as Norma Rae

as Reuben

as Vernon

as Bonnie Mae

as Wayne Billings

as Sam Bolen

as Ellis Harper

as Dr. Watson

as George Benson

as Al London

as Lucius White

as Mrs. Johnson

as Lamar Miller

as Woodrow Bowser

as Leroy Mason

as Gardner

as Sam Dakin

as Jed Buffum

as Louise Pickens

as James Brown

as Pinkerton Man

as Policeman

as Woodrow

as Woodrow Bowzer

as Rev. Hubbard

as J.J. Davis
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Critic Reviews for Norma Rae

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

Photographed in murky yellows and browns by John Alonzo, this 1979 film is sluggish and vague, trivializing its subject in a wash of unearned sentimentality.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Norma Rae is that rare entity, an intelligent film with heart.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Top Critic

Nicely performed by a strong cast, especially Field and Leibman, it's often mawkishly soft, but surprisingly touching.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Norma Rae is a seriously concerned contemporary drama, illuminated by some very good performances and one, Miss Field's, that is spectacular.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

At its heart, Norma Rae isn't a button-wearing union film as much as it is a character study of one woman who is pushed to the point of doing something spectacular.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
7M Pictures

Inspiring pro-union story is good watch-together fare.

Full Review… | February 1, 2012
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Norma Rae

A fantastic social drama, and still relevant today too! Field is perfect, and she even won an award for this performance, so if you're a fan don't miss this one. It's a really good movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Sally Field makes her outstanding performance (she won her first Best Actress Oscar) as a southern textile work attempting to unionise the mill with the aid of organiser Ron Leibman. Film is based on a true story and has good eyes and ears for authenticity. Entire case is first rate.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Sally Field is such a very good actress and shines in: Norma Rae.

Field plays Norma Rae whom lives in a very small town. Her livelihood depends on her job at the local and very established factory until one day things start to change for the worse. Norma then decides to take a stance and fight for a Union to get better compensation that is rightfully there's. This is an insiring film and Sally Field does a very good job with this role...very believable from start to finish....worth spending your time to see this 80's classic.

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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