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Norma Rae (1979)

Director: Martin Ritt     Starring: Sally Field
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40149622
UPC: 024543013747
UPC 14: 00024543013747
Rating: Game Rating Code
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In an Oscar®-winning performance, Sally Field is unforgettable as Norma Rae, the southern millworker who revolutionizes a small town and discovers a power in herself she never knew she had. Under the guidance of a New York Unionizer (Ron Leibman) and with increasing courage and determination, Norma Rae organizes her fellow factory workers to fight for better conditions and wages. Based on a true story, Norma Rae is the mesmerizing tale of a modern day heroine. Beau Bridges co-stars.

"Field's work was perfection.  The Motion Picture Guide
"[Field's] Oscar was well-deserved.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
"Field is excellent...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/30/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 117 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1979
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2001374
Video UPC UPC: 00024543013747
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Barbara Baxley
Video Cast Info Beau Bridges
Video Cast Info Gail Strickland
Video Cast Info Pat Hingle
Video Cast Info Ron Leibman
Video Cast Info Sally Field
Video Cast Info Martin Ritt - Director
Video Cast Info John A. Alonzo - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info David Shire - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Alex Rose - Producer
Video Cast Info Tamara Asseyev - Producer
Video Cast Info Harriet Frank, Jr. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Irving Ravetch - Screenplay
Plot Summary
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.


Oscar (1980)
Video Award Name Sally Field, Winner, Best Actress
Video Award Name David Shire, Norman Gimbel, Winner, Best Song ("It Goes Like It Goes")
   Video Award Name Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank, Jr., Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium

Cannes Film Festival (1979)
Video Award Name Sally Field, Winner, Best Actress

Golden Globe (1980)
Video Award Name Sally Field, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actress/Drama
   Video Award Name Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank, Jr., Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay

Professional Reviews

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

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

New York Magazine 8 of 10
...Sally Field gives a funny, tremendously affecting performance with moments of startling power and anger. - David Denby

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Field,Sally
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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