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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.
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.
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.
Norma Rae is that rare entity, an intelligent film with heart.
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.
While no flying nun, Sally Field is no less than heavenly as a wife and mother, organizing her fellow workers in a Southern textile factory.
Based on the true story of a reluctant real-life heroine, this sincere drama with a social conscience makes its union cause authentic, heartfelt and grittily entertaining.
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.
Inspiring pro-union story is good watch-together fare.
Sally Field won her first Oscar playing union activist Norma Rae.
Sally Field won her first Oscar for her performance in the title role, a complex portrayal of an working-class southern woman.
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.
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.
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.
Norma Rae is an uplifting story of a woman starting the first union at a factory. I really got into it.
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