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Encyclopedia > Norma Rae
Erica Rae Heyzer

original movie poster for Norma Rae
Directed by Martin Ritt
Produced by Alexandra Rose
Tamara Asseyev
Written by Harriet Frank Jr.
Irving Ravetch
Starring Sally Field
Beau Bridges
Ron Leibman
Pat Hingle
Music by David Shire
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Editing by Sidney Levin
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) March 2, 1979
Running time 110 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget Unknown
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Norma Rae is a 1979 film which tells the story of a woman from a small town in the Southern United States who becomes involved in the labor union activities at the textile factory where she works. It stars Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle, Barbara Baxley, Gail Strickland and Noble Willingham. Martin Ritt (March 2, 1914–December 8, 1990) was an American director, actor, and playwright who worked in both film and theatre. ... Tamara Asseyev is an American film producer and writer. ... Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actress. ... Beau Bridges, (born Lloyd Vernet Bridges III on December 9, 1941 in Los Angeles, California), is an American actor. ... Ron Leibman (born October 11, 1937 in New York City, New York) is an American actor. ... Pat Hingle (born July 19, 1924) is an American actor. ... David Shire David Shire (born July 3, 1937) is an American songwriter and the composer of stage musicals and film and television scores. ... John Alonzo (born June 12, 1926 in Dallas, Texas, died March 13, 2001) was an American cinematographer who pioneered hand held work, lighting techniques and HD development during his career. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Events March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... Historic Southern United States. ... The Lawrence textile strike (1912), with soldiers surrounding peaceful demonstrators A trade union or labor union is an organization of workers who have banded together to achieve common goals in key areas such as wages, hours, and working conditions, forming a cartel of labour. ... For other uses, see Textile (disambiguation). ... Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actress. ... Beau Bridges, (born Lloyd Vernet Bridges III on December 9, 1941 in Los Angeles, California), is an American actor. ... Ron Leibman (born October 11, 1937 in New York City, New York) is an American actor. ... Pat Hingle (born July 19, 1924) is an American actor. ... Barbara Baxley (1 January 1923 - 7 June 1990) was an American actress. ... Gail Strickland (born on 18 May 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA) is an American actress. ... Noble Willingham (August 31, 1931, in Mineola, Texas — January 17, 2004, in Palm Springs, California) was an American television and film actor. ...


The movie was written by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch, and was directed by Martin Ritt. It is based on the true story of Crystal Lee Jordan. It was marketed with the tagline "The story of a woman with the courage to risk everything for what she believes is right." Martin Ritt (March 2, 1914–December 8, 1990) was an American director, actor, and playwright who worked in both film and theatre. ...


It won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sally Field) and Best Original Song (for David Shire and Norman Gimbel for "It Goes Like It Goes"). It was also nominated for Best Picture and for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. The film was also nominated to the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and Field was awarded Best Actress for her performance. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given annually to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). ... David Shire David Shire (born July 3, 1937) is an American songwriter and the composer of stage musicals and film and television scores. ... Norman Gimbel is an Oscar- and Grammy-winning American lyricist of pop songs and movie themes. ... ©A.M.P.A.S.® The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to artists working in the motion picture industry. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... Palme dOr The Palme dOr (Golden Palm) is the highest prize given to a film at the Cannes Film Festival. ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... The Best Actress Award (French: Prix dinterprétation féminine) is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival. ...


Plot summary

Norma is a minimum-wage worker in a cotton mill that has taken too much of a toll on the health of her family for her to ignore her Dickensian working conditions. After hearing a speech by New York union organizer Reuben, Norma Rae decides to join the effort to unionize her shop. This causes dissension at home when Norma Rae's husband Sonny assumes that her activism is a result of a romance between herself and Reuben. Despite the pressure brought to bear by Management, Norma Rae successfully orchestrates an election to unionize the factory, resulting in victory for the union and presumably capitulation for the demands. A union organizer (sometimes spelled organiser) is one type of employee or elected official of a trade union. ...


Main cast

Actor Role
Sally Field Norma Rae
Beau Bridges Sonny
Ron Leibman Reuben
Pat Hingle Vernon
Barbara Baxley Leona
Gail Strickland Bonnie Mae
Morgan Paull Wayne Billings
Noble Willingham Leroy Mason

Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actress. ... Beau Bridges, (born Lloyd Vernet Bridges III on December 9, 1941 in Los Angeles, California), is an American actor. ... Ron Leibman (born October 11, 1937 in New York City, New York) is an American actor. ... Pat Hingle (born July 19, 1924) is an American actor. ... Barbara Baxley (1 January 1923 - 7 June 1990) was an American actress. ... Gail Strickland (born on 18 May 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA) is an American actress. ... Noble Willingham (August 31, 1931, in Mineola, Texas — January 17, 2004, in Palm Springs, California) was an American television and film actor. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Norma Rae (2319 words)
There's a scene in the movie "Norma Rae" were Sally Field, playing the hard-working, hardheaded textile worker who defies the company to help start a union, goes skinny-dipping with the young Jewish labor organizer from New York on a hot day.
Some of Cyrstal Lee Sutton's life and times were dramatized in "Norma Rae," but after the victorious election that ends the movie, the real-life scene was that she had to find a job.
In the climactic scene of the movie, after Norma Rae has been fired, she stalks back into the plant, writes the work UNION on a piece of paper and stands on a table to show it to all her co-workers above the din of the machines and is then carried out by police.
Norma Rae (1979) (1861 words)
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.
Norma Rae lives and dies with its performances, as the framework for the film rests firmly upon the strength of its actors.
She tried so hard to make Norma Rae a Strong Forceful Woman that she could become over-the-top; it became something of a diva turn in which it seemed like we were mainly just supposed to be impressed by her Acting.
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