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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)

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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 Webster
Ron Leibman ... Reuben Warshowsky
Pat Hingle ... Vernon Wichard
Barbara Baxley ... Leona Wichard
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 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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The story of a woman with the courage to risk everything for what she believes is right. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Norma Rae - Eine Frau steht ihren Mann See more »

Filming Locations:

Auburn, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$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:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ranked #16 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time (2006). 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

Norma Rae Webster: How long I been comin' to this church, Reverend?
Reverend Hubbard: Since you were a little girl.
Norma Rae Webster: That's right. I accepted Christ when I was six years old, didn't I? Well, would you call me a good Christian?
Reverend Hubbard: With a lapse or two, I'd say so.
Norma Rae Webster: 'With a lapse or two.' Would you call yourself a good Christian?
Reverend Hubbard: That's for the Lord to say.
Norma Rae Webster: I want this church for a union meetin' next Saturday. Blacks and whites sittin' together.
Reverend Hubbard: This is a house of God.
Norma Rae Webster: I'm waitin' to see whether it is or it isn't.
Reverend Hubbard: You're comin' mighty ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Burt Reynolds/Anne Murray (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Cindy, I Love You
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Cash
Performed by Johnny Cash
[Norma Rae says it was the song playing when she learned her husband had died]
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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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