Norma Rae Poster

Release Date: May 22nd, 2005

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2001

PG|1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary
Like a lot of her family before her, Norma Rae (Sally Field) 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 (Ron Leibman), Norma is inspired to rally her fellow workers behind the cause of unionism. Her decision rankles her family, especially her fiancé, Sonny (Beau Bridges), and provokes no shortage of contempt from her employers.

Cast: Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, Barbara Baxley, Gail Strickland, Morgan Paull, Robert Broyles

Director: Martin Ritt

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Keywords: Emotional, 1970s, Rise, Quest, House, Underdog, Tense

Ratings & Reviews

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  • This is Sally Field's movie. Her performance - hyperbole completely aside - is peerless, one of the major achievements by an actress in the movies of any place and of any time. Reuben tells Norma Rae that when he wants a smart, loud, profane, sloppy, hardworking woman he'll call on her. From now on, when directors want legerdemain that becomes art, they're going to call on Sally Field.[10 Mar 1979]

  • Norma Rae is not a bad film, just one that made me angry for what it might have been. Imagine another, more skillful actor, say Dustin Hoffman or Al Pacino, in Leibman's part; then strip away some of the more broadly drawn scenes, and Norma Rae could have been yet another fine film by director Martin Ritt ("Hud," "Sounder," and "Conrack"). [2 March 1979, p.4-12]

  • Nicely performed by a strong cast, especially Field and Leibman, it's often mawkishly soft, but surprisingly touching. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Music (Original Song)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama