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Norma Rae

  • Film

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

  • Duration:114 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Martin Ritt
  • Screenwriter:Harriet Frank Jr, Irving Ravetch
  • Cast:
    • Robert Broyles
    • Barbara Baxley
    • Gail Strickland
    • Pat Hingle
    • Beau Bridges
    • Sally Field
    • John Calvin
    • Morgan Paull
    • Ron Leibman
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