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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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Academy Award Winner SALLY FIELD Best Actress 1979 See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Martin Ritt: as a disgruntled factory worker. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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. Also present were eight hundred and sixty-two members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers and Cloth, Hat and Cap Makers' Union. Also members of his family. In death as in life, they stood at his side. They had fought ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Golden Girls: Family Affair (1986) 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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The leading role is especially nice because its about a woman. The movie is based on a true story.
11 November 1999 | by macpherrSee all my reviews

"Norma Rae" Sally Fields (Gidget, The Flying Nun, Forest Gump) is a woman who worked at the O.P.H. Hentley Textile Mill. The role is especially nice because it is a true story about a woman who took a stand against her employers who violated labor law regulations. The manufacturers were so flagrant in their violations that Norma Rae's father had arm pain, and asked for a break. He was made to wait. Actually the pain in the arm was a heart attack that killed him. Sad! The noise in the factory was so bad that everybody had to yell and wear ear protection. I am so glad I don't have to work in such a noisy place. I would lose my mind. I find that silence inspires me! Norma Rae joined the union and got the company to unionize by challenging the audience to fight for what they believe it is right. She did such a wonderful job that it won her an Oscar. Norma Rae was a single parent who marries Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys). "Ruben", Ron Leibman (Night Falls on Manhattan, Friends) the man behind the organization of the unionization of the mill, and Norma had a great relationship in the movie. She appeared to be falling for him, as she stated:" he is in my head." But nothing really happened between the two of them besides the hard work of the unionization of the mill. The story is a very good and believable. I watched the movie when it came out and watched it again on television a couple of days ago. Her employers made her pay dearly for her standing for what she believes in. I identify with the character very much. I have been in similar situations many times, not because I am a whistle blower but because I tend to be altruistic. The music is great and also won an Oscar. I recommend this movie! Favorite Scenes: Norma skinny dipping with Ruben. Norma telling her kids about her past. Norma holding up the sign: Union, and all the employees turning their machines off one by one. That is fabulous! Made me cheer! When Ruben forces the employer to put signs which states the rights of the employees at the eye level so that workers could read them. Favorite quotes: Ruben: " If you were in the State Department we would be in a war." "Somewhere between law and charity flows a shadow." When Norma says good bye to Ruben, she blurts out ": I think you like me!" Maybe Sally was quoting the movie when she received her Oscar and said ": I think you like me. You really, really like me!"


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