Norma Rae (1979)
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Norma Rae finds Sally Field cast in the title role, a minimum-wage worker in a cotton mill. The factory has taken too much of a toll on the health of Norma Rae's family for her to ignore her Dickensian working conditions. After hearing a speech by New York union organizer Reuben (Ron Leibman), Norma Rae decides to join the effort to unionize her shop. This causes dissension at home when Norma Rae's husband, Sonny (Beau Bridges), assumes that her activism is a result of a romance between herself
Mar 2, 1979 Wide
Apr 17, 2001
20th Century Fox Film Corporat
Lee de Broux
J. Don Ferguson
Teddy Bob Keeler
George R. Robertson
Nicely performed by a strong cast, especially Field and Leibman, it's often mawkishly soft, but surprisingly touching.
Norma Rae is a seriously concerned contemporary drama, illuminated by some very good performances and one, Miss Field's, that is spectacular.
Sally Field won her first Oscar for her performance in the title role, a complex portrayal of an working-class southern woman.
A beautifully made, splendidly acted film that more than achieves its aims.
The closure is consistent and satisfying, standing in opposition to conventional Hollywood happy endings: Norma Rae and Jewish labor leader part as equals, with a respectful handshake rather than embrace or kiss; both have benefited from the friendship
Does it get any better than Sally Field?
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