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Norma Rae
- Sally Field

Overview - Set in the industrial South and based on a true story, Martin Ritt's NORMA RAE is a moving portrait of a woman's fight to improve both her own life and the deplorable conditions that exist in the mill where she works. Norma Rae (Sally Field) has worked at the textile mill for years, but when a union organizer from New York comes to town, Norma takes on the hostility of the mill's management and the apathy of her coworkers to try to unionize the mill.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Set in the industrial South and based on a true story, Martin Ritt's NORMA RAE is a moving portrait of a woman's fight to improve both her own life and the deplorable conditions that exist in the mill where she works. Norma Rae (Sally Field) has worked at the textile mill for years, but when a union organizer from New York comes to town, Norma takes on the hostility of the mill's management and the apathy of her coworkers to try to unionize the mill. Field plays Norma Rae as a passionate woman who realizes her own potential and her need to rebel against the status quo. She is also infuriated by the conditions at the mill. When Norma, uneducated and poor, finally expresses her disgust with life at the mill, it is an electrifying moment, and Field radiates this energy for the rest of the film, providing an emotional core and drive that gives the picture its power.

Awards:
1979 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner
1979 - Cannes - Best Actress Winner
1979 - Academy Awards - Best Original Song Winner

Cast List

Alexandra Rose - Producer, THE OTHER SISTER (1999)
Alex Rose - Producer, THE OTHER SISTER (1999)
Tracy Bousman - Production Designer
Morgan Paull - Supporting Actor
Ron Leibman - American Actor
Frank Harriet, Jr. - American Screenwriter
Martin Ritt - American Director/Producer
Gregory Garrison - Assistant Director
John Calvin - Supporting Actor
Sally Field - Oscar-winning actress, NORMA RAE, PLACES IN THE HEART
Pat Hingle - American Actor
Grace Zabriskie - American Character Actress
Walter Scott Herndon - Production Designer
Tamara Asseyev - Producer
Beau Bridges - American actor, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (1989)
Lloyd Vernet Bridges III - American actor, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (1989)
Irving Ravetch - American Screenwriter
David Shire - American Composer
Barbara Baxley - American Actress
Bob Minor - Supporting Actor/Stunts
Robert L. Minor - Supporting Actor/Stunts
Gail Strickland - American Film/TV Actress
Booth Colman - American Actor
John A. Alonzo - American Director of Photography

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 117
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543013747
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: April 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Social Issues
Poverty
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
NORMA RAE is a thrilling drama about factory workers in the South who are fed up with their dangerous, unhealthy working conditions. When a Jewish union leader from New York arrives to help them organize, he meets the impoverished and uneducated Norma Rae. Together they become a team, ready to wage a tough war against management.

Notes:
Theatrical release: March 2, 1979. Filmed on location in Opelika, Alabama. The film is based on the true story of Crystal Lee Jordan, who had been blacklisted by every textile union in the South for her fight against the conditions at those mills. However, with the success of NORMA RAE, Jordan began a new career as a spokeswoman for a textile workers union. The theme song, "It Goes Like it Goes," was sung by Jennifer Warnes. The film was originally rated R by the MPAA but won a PG on appeal.

Reviews:
"...NORMA RAE is a superb film. Paced by Sally Field's best performance to date....An intelligent film with heart..." - 02/28/1979 Variety


"...NORMA RAE is a seriously concerned contemporary drama, illuminated by some very good performances and one, [Field's], that is spectacular." - 03/02/1979 New York Times, p.C10

 
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