Norma Rae

Directed By: Martin Ritt Starring: Sally Field

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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.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40149622
UPC 024543013747
UPC 14 00024543013747
Format DVD
Release Date 1/22/2008
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Variety "...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
Martin Ritt
Sally Field
Cast & Crew
Barbara Baxley - Actor
Beau Bridges - Actor
Gail Strickland - Actor
Pat Hingle - Actor
Ron Leibman - Actor
Sally Field - Actor
Martin Ritt - Director
John A. Alonzo - Director of Photography
David Shire - Musical Score
Alex Rose - Producer
Tamara Asseyev - Producer
Harriet Frank, Jr. - Screenplay
Irving Ravetch - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
Catalog ID 2001374
UPC 00024543013747
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1980) Sally Field, Winner, Best Actress,David Shire, Norman Gimbel, Winner, Best Song ("It Goes Like It Goes"),Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank, Jr., Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
Cannes Film Festival (1979) Sally Field, Winner, Best Actress
Golden Globe (1980) Sally Field, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actress/Drama,Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank, Jr., Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay
ReviewSource New York Magazine
Review ...Sally Field gives a funny, tremendously affecting performance with moments of startling power and anger.
Reviewer David Denby
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Field,Sally
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
The Motion Picture Guide Field's work was perfection.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever [Field's] Oscar was well-deserved.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Field is excellent...

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