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Norma Rae (1979)

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

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Robert Broyles ... Sam Bolen
John Calvin ... Ellis Harper
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Dr. Watson
Lee de Broux ... Lujan (as Lee DeBroux)
James Luisi ... George Benson
Vernon Weddle ... Reverend Hubbard
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Al Landon
Bob Minor ... Lucius White
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Storyline

Like a lot of her family before her, Norma Rae works at the local textile mill, where the pay is hardly commensurate with the long hours and lousy working conditions. But after hearing a rousing speech by labor activist Reuben, Norma is inspired to rally her fellow workers behind the cause of unionism. Her decision rankles her family, especially her fiancé, Sonny, and provokes no shortage of contempt from her employers. Written by Jwelch5742

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Academy Award Winner SALLY FIELD Best Actress 1979 See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The same 20th Century Fox studio would years later make another heavyweight union film, Hoffa (1992), this time the film was about a male union figure, James "Jimmy" Hoffa. See more »

Goofs

Reuben comes to inspect the plant to verify that his notices are not being stripped off of the bulletin boards in violation of the court order. Upon finding his notice and demanding it be brought down to "eye level", he insists on reading it because "No union organizer, not even a known union member has been inside the fences and walls of this factory for more than ten years." It is not explained how the notice got posted there in the first place. However, since Reuben calls it "my notice" it is clear that he was the one who requested it be put up. See more »

Quotes

Reuben Warshowsky: I know the first time you're in is bad. It comes with the job. I saw a pregnant women on a picket line get hit in the stomach with a club. I saw a boy of 16 shot in the back. I saw a guy blown to hell and back when he tried to start his car in the morning. You just got your feet wet on this one.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

It's All Wrong, But It's All Right
(uncredited)
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Dolly Parton
Courtesy RCA/Victor Records
[Norma Rae (Sally Field) and Sonny (Beau Bridges) sing along to the song playing at the bar on their first date]
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Ordinary Story, Extraordinary Results.
6 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Typical under-dog story that is so well-made that its success makes for a very memorable cinematic experience. The titled character (Sally Field in a super Oscar-winning part) tries to get her fellow textile workers to unionize in her small town, but there are consequences abound. A good supporting cast which includes Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle and Beau Bridges all add to Field's show-stopping performance. Field proved that she could handle delicate material and carry a film to cinematic history. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Norma Rae See more »

Filming Locations:

Auburn, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$262,778, 4 March 1979

Gross USA:

$22,228,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,228,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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