Norma Rae

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Time Out says

Ritt's usual simplistic liberalism certainly dampens the labour relations angle to this tale of a Southern millworker finding herself as a union activist protesting against working conditions. Sentimental and facile, the film allows her far too easy a path to success in terms of her almost universal acceptance by fellow-workers, give or take a few token blacklegs. But far more successful is the way the film stresses her development as an independent woman; finding it painful as she undermines her husband's expectations of her simply as a washing, cooking, ironing, maternal sex-machine, she nevertheless ploughs firmly ahead, while never being portrayed as in any way an incomplete, irresponsible mother and wife. Nicely performed by a strong cast, especially Field and Leibman, it's often mawkishly soft, but surprisingly touching.
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Release details

FR release:

1979

Duration:

110 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Martin Ritt

Cast:

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

Producer:

Alex Rose, Tamara Asseyev

Music:

David Shire

Screenwriter:

Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr

Cinematography:

John A Alonzo

Production Designer:

Walter Scott Herndon

Editor:

Sidney Levin

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