Norma Rae

1979

Norma Rae (1979)

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Norma Rae, a young Southern woman working at a cotton mill, encounters a union organizer and decides to join the effort to reform working conditions. This Oscar-winning drama follows Norma's crusade, as she leads a shutdown despite the opposition of her family and employers.

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6)

As a rule, the filmmakers manufacture fake climaxes every 10 or 15 minutes, poop out and lapse into forgetfulness, just as if they were structuring the material for television.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a dear and corny story, played with lovable grubbiness by Sally Field and Ron Leibman, but it's not about what you think.

Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 11, 2008 | Full Review…

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

Jan 11, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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Nicely performed by a strong cast, especially Field and Leibman, it's often mawkishly soft, but surprisingly touching.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Norma Rae is a seriously concerned contemporary drama, illuminated by some very good performances and one, Miss Field's, that is spectacular.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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
Aj V

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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
Dean McKenna

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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
Mason Williams

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Norma Rae is an uplifting story of a woman starting the first union at a factory. I really got into it.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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