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Norma Rae ()


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A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.

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Norma Rae
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Sonny Webster
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Reuben Warshowsky
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Vernon Wichard
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Leona Wichard
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Bonnie Mae
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Wayne Billings
Robert Broyles ...
Sam Bolen
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Ellis Harper
Booth Colman ...
Dr. Watson
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Lujan (as Lee DeBroux)
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George Benson
Vernon Weddle ...
Reverend Hubbard
Gilbert Green ...
Al Landon
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Lucius White
Mary Munday ...
Mrs. Johnson
Jack Stryker ...
J.J. Davis
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Lamar Miller
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Leroy Mason
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Gardner (as Lonnie Chapman)
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Sam Dakin
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Jed Buffum (as Bob E. Hannah)
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Louise Pickens
Scott Lawton ...
Craig Wilson
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James Brown
Gerry Okuneff ...
Pinkerton Man (as Gerald Okuneff)
Gina Kaye Pounders ...
Millie Wilson
Henry Slate ...
Policeman
Melissa Ann Wait ...
Alice Webster
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Woodrow Thompson (as Joe A. Dorsey)
Sherry Velvet Foster ...
Velma Stockhouse
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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
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Jail Matron
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Agent
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Teddy Bob Keeler
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Billy Stettin (as William Pannell)
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Farmer (as George Robertson)
Thomas D. Samford III ...
Justice of the Peace
Roy Tatum ...
Woodrow Bowser (as J. Roy Tatum)
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Factory Worker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Martin Ritt

Written by

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Irving Ravetch ... (screenplay) and
Harriet Frank Jr. ... (screenplay)

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Tamara Asseyev ... producer
Alexandra Rose ... producer (as Alex Rose)

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David Shire

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John A. Alonzo ... director of photography

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Sidney Levin ... (edited by)

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Margaret Adachi ... assistant editor
Cliffe Oland ... assistant editor

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Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton

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Walter Scott Herndon

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Tracy Bousman

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Gregory Garrison

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Tom Ellingwood ... makeup
Lola 'Skip' McNalley ... hair stylist
William Turner ... makeup
Elaina P. Schulman ... key hair stylist (uncredited)

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Jack Terry ... unit production manager

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James Nicholson ... assistant director
Skip Surguine ... second assistant director (as Glenn 'Skip' Surguine)

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Dudley Holmes ... property master (as R. Dudley 'Ace' Holmes)
Richard Reseigne ... construction coordinator

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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

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William Van der Byl ... special effects (as William Van Der Byl)

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Gary R. Dodd ... key grip (as Gary Dodd)
Earl Gilbert ... gaffer
John Toll ... camera operator
Don Smetzer ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Michael J. Harte ... costumer: men's
Agnes Lyon ... costumer: ladies' (as Agnes J. Lyon)

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James Koehler ... location auditor

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Robert H. Raff ... music editor (as Robert Raff)

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Jerry F. Johnson ... transportation coordinator (as Jerry Johnson)
Tom Teeple ... driver

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Golda David ... assistant: Martin Ritt
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)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines The story of a woman with the courage to risk everything for what she believes is right. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Норма Рэй (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Норма Рей (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Norma Rae - Eine Frau steht ihren Mann (West Germany)
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  • 114 min
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Trivia When Norma Rae struggles not to be put into the police car, Sally Field struggled so hard that she broke the rib of an actor playing one of the policemen. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Buddy Hackett/Sally Field/Eubie Blake (1979). See more »
Soundtracks It Goes Like It Goes See more »
Quotes Norma Rae Webster: Forget it! I'm stayin' right where I am. It's gonna take you and the police department and the fire department and the National Guard to get me outta here!
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