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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.

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Norma Rae
... Sonny
... Reuben
... Vernon
... Leona
... Bonnie Mae
... Wayne Billings
Robert Broyles ... Sam Bolen
... Ellis Harper
Booth Colman ... Dr. Watson
... Lujan (as Lee DeBroux)
... George Benson
Vernon Weddle ... Reverend Hubbard
Gilbert Green ... Al Landon
... Lucius White
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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 »

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2 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Norma Rae - Eine Frau steht ihren Mann  »

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$22,228,000
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Sally Field's Best Actress Oscar winning performance was the only nominee in the category in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »

Goofs

When Beau Bridges and Sally Fields characters are on their first date Beau's hair is parted in the middle. When they leave the bar with the union guy Beau's hair is parted on the far right. It never appears that way again. See more »

Quotes

Reuben Warshowsky: Gentlemen, your average working man is not stupid. He just gets tired.
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Connections

Referenced in Elvira's Movie Macabre: A Bucket of Blood (2011) See more »

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Cindy, I Love You
(1977) (uncredited)
Written and Performed by Johnny Cash
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Ordinary Story, Extraordinary Results.
6 July 2002 | by See 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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