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Irving Ravetch (screenplay) and
Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 March 1979 (USA) See more »
The story of a woman with the courage to risk everything for what she believes is right. See more »
A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Really hits home!! See more (47 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sally Field ... Norma Rae

Beau Bridges ... Sonny

Ron Leibman ... Reuben

Pat Hingle ... Vernon

Barbara Baxley ... Leona

Gail Strickland ... Bonnie Mae

Morgan Paull ... Wayne Billings
Robert Broyles ... Sam Bolen
John Calvin ... Ellis Harper
Booth Colman ... Dr. Watson

Lee de Broux ... Lujan (as Lee DeBroux)
James Luisi ... George Benson
Vernon Weddle ... Reverend Hubbard
Gilbert Green ... Al Landon

Bob Minor ... Lucius White
Mary Munday ... Mrs. Johnson
Jack Stryker ... J.J. Davis

Gregory Walcott ... Lamar Miller

Noble Willingham ... Leroy Mason
Lonny Chapman ... Gardner (as Lonnie Chapman)

Bert Freed ... Sam Dakin
Bob Hannah ... Jed Buffum (as Bob E. Hannah)

Edith Ivey ... Louise Pickens
Scott Lawton ... Craig

Frank McRae ... James Brown
Gerry Okuneff ... Pinkerton Man (as Gerald Okuneff)
Gina Kaye Pounders ... Millie
Henry Slate ... Policeman
Melissa Ann Wait ... Alice
Joe Dorsey ... Woodrow Thompson (as Joe A. Dorsey)
Sherry Velvet Foster ... Velma Stockhouse

Grace Zabriskie ... Linette Odum
Stuart Culpepper ... Ray Towner
Weona T. Brown ... Hot Dog Vendor
Carolyn Danforth ... Mavis Pruitt
James W. Harris ... Mill Worker
Charlie Briggs ... Warren Lotting
Billie Joyce Buck ... Agnes Roy
Fred Covington ... Alston Purvis
J. Don Ferguson ... Peter Gallat
Sandra Dorsey ... Jail Matron

Harold E. Finch ... Agent

Clayton Landey ... Teddy Bob Keeler

Bill Pannell ... Billy Stettin (as William Pannell)

George R. Robertson ... Farmer (as George Robertson)
Thomas D. Samford III ... Justice of the Peace
Roy Tatum ... Woodrow Bowser (as J. Roy Tatum)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Martin Ritt ... Factory Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Ritt 
Writing credits
Irving Ravetch (screenplay) and
Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay)

Produced by
Tamara Asseyev .... producer
Alexandra Rose .... producer (as Alex Rose)
Original Music by
David Shire 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sidney Levin (edited by)
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Walter Scott Herndon 
Art Direction by
Tracy Bousman 
Set Decoration by
Gregory Garrison 
Makeup Department
Tom Ellingwood .... makeup
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist
William Turner .... makeup
Elaina P. Schulman .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jack Terry .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Nicholson .... assistant director
Skip Surguine .... second assistant director (as Glenn 'Skip' Surguine)
Art Department
Dudley Holmes .... property master (as R. Dudley 'Ace' Holmes)
Richard Reseigne .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Bruce Bisenz .... production sound mixer
William Hartman .... sound editor
Godfrey Marks .... dialogue editor
Theodore Soderberg .... re-recording mixer
Richard Sperber .... sound editor
Paul Wells .... re-recording mixer
Douglas O. Williams .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
William Van der Byl .... special effects (as William Van Der Byl)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary R. Dodd .... key grip (as Gary Dodd)
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
John Toll .... camera operator
Don Smetzer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael J. Harte .... costumer: men's
Agnes Lyon .... costumer: ladies' (as Agnes J. Lyon)
Editorial Department
Margaret Adachi .... assistant editor
Cliffe Oland .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robert H. Raff .... music editor (as Robert Raff)
Transportation Department
Jerry F. Johnson .... transportation coordinator (as Jerry Johnson)
Other crew
Golda David .... assistant: Martin Ritt
James Koehler .... location auditor
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor (as H. 'Bud' Otto)
Marilyn Tasso .... production coordinator
Scott MacDonough .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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114 min | USA:123 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Iceland:L | Netherlands:16 | Norway:12 | Singapore:PG | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:PG (1987) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Ranked #16 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time (2006).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Reuben Warshowsky:On October 4, 1970, my grandfather, Isaac Abraham Warshowsky, aged eighty-seven, died in his sleep in New York City. On the following Friday morning, his funeral was held. My mother and father attended, my two uncles from Brooklyn attended, my Aunt Minnie came up from Florida...See more »
It Goes Like It GoesSee more »


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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Really hits home!!, 6 January 2003
Author: diezman from Iron River, Michigan

Norma Rae is without a doubt one of my favorite movies of all time. I grew up in a blue collar working class family so this movie really hits home for me.

An outstanding performance by Sally Field and a very powerful storyline of Unionizing a textile mill in the south make Norma Rae a movie watcher's experience rather than pure entertainment.

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Sally Field's beauty was underrated runawaytrain-79
300+ voted against it. Why?? happy_accidents
Ending- Sonny vs. Reuben jwllover4080
Work stoppage- if the stoppage had lasted, would it have been legal? infamusmackaveli
My attempt at objectivity concerning unions Just_Opinions
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