Norma Rae (1979)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  2 March 1979 (USA)
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A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Baxley ...
Bonnie Mae
Wayne Billings
Robert Broyles ...
Sam Bolen
John Calvin ...
Ellis Harper
Booth Colman ...
Dr. Watson
Lujan (as Lee DeBroux)
James Luisi ...
George Benson
Vernon Weddle ...
Reverend Hubbard
Gilbert Green ...
Al Landon
Lucius White


Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the difficult, and possibly dangerous, struggle to unionize her factory. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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The story of a woman with the courage to risk everything for what she believes is right. See more »




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2 March 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Norma Rae - Eine Frau steht ihren Mann  »

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SEK 1,617,267 (Sweden)

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2.35 : 1
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Ranked #16 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time (2006). See more »


In Reuben's hotel room, after Norma Rae has been hit, she takes an ice pack away from her nose. When the shot changes she takes it away a second time. See more »


Norma Rae Webster: Who's this? Dylan Thomas?
Reuben Warshowsky: He was a poet. A genius and a drunk.
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Referenced in 18 to Life: In Sickness and in Health (2010) See more »


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A great movie
3 May 2000 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Sally Field's stellar performance is the highlight of this terrific movie, but Ron Leibman was just as effective in my opinion. In fact, the whole cast does a fine job, so if you're looking for superb acting, then look no further. The film is good from start to finish, but a few wonderful moments towards the end make it seem even better than it already is. Perhaps slightly overlong, but overall a great movie.

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