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Like a lot of her family before her, Norma Rae works at the local textile mill, where the pay is hardly commensurate with the long hours and lousy working conditions. But after hearing a rousing speech by labor activist Reuben, Norma is inspired to rally her fellow workers behind the cause of unionism. Her decision rankles her family, especially her fiancé, Sonny, and provokes no shortage of contempt from her employers. Written by
Director Martin Ritt once said of Crystal Lee Sutton, "I've known a lot of women in my life, most of them much more educated and sophisticated, who would not have had the balls that she had." See more »
In Reuben's hotel room, after Norma Rae has been hit, she takes an ice pack away from her nose. When the shot changes she takes it away a second time. See more »
I know the first time you're in is bad. It comes with the job. I saw a pregnant women on a picket line get hit in the stomach with a club. I saw a boy of 16 shot in the back. I saw a guy blown to hell and back when he tried to start his car in the morning. You just got your feet wet on this one.
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The leading role is especially nice because its about a woman. The movie is based on a true story.
"Norma Rae" Sally Fields (Gidget, The Flying Nun, Forest Gump) is a woman who worked at the O.P.H. Hentley Textile Mill. The role is especially nice because it is a true story about a woman who took a stand against her employers who violated labor law regulations. The manufacturers were so flagrant in their violations that Norma Rae's father had arm pain, and asked for a break. He was made to wait. Actually the pain in the arm was a heart attack that killed him. Sad! The noise in the factory was so bad that everybody had to yell and wear ear protection. I am so glad I don't have to work in such a noisy place. I would lose my mind. I find that silence inspires me! Norma Rae joined the union and got the company to unionize by challenging the audience to fight for what they believe it is right. She did such a wonderful job that it won her an Oscar. Norma Rae was a single parent who marries Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys). "Ruben", Ron Leibman (Night Falls on Manhattan, Friends) the man behind the organization of the unionization of the mill, and Norma had a great relationship in the movie. She appeared to be falling for him, as she stated:" he is in my head." But nothing really happened between the two of them besides the hard work of the unionization of the mill. The story is a very good and believable. I watched the movie when it came out and watched it again on television a couple of days ago. Her employers made her pay dearly for her standing for what she believes in. I identify with the character very much. I have been in similar situations many times, not because I am a whistle blower but because I tend to be altruistic. The music is great and also won an Oscar. I recommend this movie! Favorite Scenes: Norma skinny dipping with Ruben. Norma telling her kids about her past. Norma holding up the sign: Union, and all the employees turning their machines off one by one. That is fabulous! Made me cheer! When Ruben forces the employer to put signs which states the rights of the employees at the eye level so that workers could read them. Favorite quotes: Ruben: " If you were in the State Department we would be in a war." "Somewhere between law and charity flows a shadow." When Norma says good bye to Ruben, she blurts out ": I think you like me!" Maybe Sally was quoting the movie when she received her Oscar and said ": I think you like me. You really, really like me!"
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