Time Out saysRitt'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.
Cast and crew
Pat Hingle, Beau Bridges, Sally Field, John Calvin, Morgan Paull, Ron Leibman, Robert Broyles, Barbara Baxley, Gail Strickland
Alex Rose, Tamara Asseyev
Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr
John A Alonzo
Walter Scott Herndon