Norma Rae
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The heroine of Norma Rae (Sally Field) has no grand ambitions. She is a woman in an Alabama mill town in the '60s, and, like her father, her mother, and most of her friends, she works at the Henley textile plant spinning and weaving cloth, as the days go by without much apparent purpose. Norma Rae is a dependable, lively widowed mother who doesn't think much will ever change in her life. That assumption is proved wrong when she and her co-workers meet Reuben (Ron Leibman), a smart-mouthed but dedicated union organizer, down from New York to teach the Henley crew about solidarity in a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Photographed in murky yellows and browns by John Alonzo, this 1979 film is sluggish and vague, trivializing its subject in a wash of unearned sentimentality."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Norma Rae is a seriously concerned contemporary drama, illuminated by some very good performances and one, Miss Field's, that is spectacular."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Sally Field won her first Oscar playing union activist Norma Rae."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The closure is consistent and satisfying, standing in opposition to conventional Hollywood happy endings: Norma Rae and Jewish labor leader part as equals, with a respectful handshake rather than embrace or kiss; both have benefited from the friendship"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This inspiring movie really connects with our emotions. . . . Sally Field has the meatiest role of her career."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Norma Rae is that rare entity, an intelligent film with heart."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"At its heart, Norma Rae isn't a button-wearing union film as much as it is a character study of one woman who is pushed to the point of doing something spectacular."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Sally Field won her first Oscar for her performance in the title role, a complex portrayal of an working-class southern woman."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Does it get any better than Sally Field?"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Sally Field made us like her, really like her, as the scrappy, titular star of this unionization drama."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Nicely performed by a strong cast, especially Field and Leibman, it's often mawkishly soft, but surprisingly touching."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Inspiring pro-union story is good watch-together fare."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"A beautifully made, splendidly acted film that more than achieves its aims."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Harrowing union vs corporation film has Oscar winning Field."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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