Norma Rae
Norma Rae (1979)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Norma Rae is a seriously concerned contemporary drama, illuminated by some very good performances and one, Miss Field's, that is spectacular.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sally Field won her first Oscar playing union activist Norma Rae.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Norma Rae is that rare entity, an intelligent film with heart.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sally Field won her first Oscar for her performance in the title role, a complex portrayal of an working-class southern woman.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Nicely performed by a strong cast, especially Field and Leibman, it's often mawkishly soft, but surprisingly touching.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Inspiring pro-union story is good watch-together fare.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A beautifully made, splendidly acted film that more than achieves its aims.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
A fantastic social drama, and still relevant today too! Field is perfect, and she even won an award for this performance, so if you're a fan don't… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Norma Rae is an uplifting story of a woman starting the first union at a factory. I really got into it.
Dean McKenna
Sally Field makes her outstanding performance (she won her first Best Actress Oscar) as a southern textile work attempting to unionise the mill with the aid of… More
jay nixon
sally's the whole show
Mason Williams
Sally Field is such a very good actress and shines in: Norma Rae. Field plays Norma Rae whom lives in a very small town. Her livelihood depends on her job… More
John Ballantine
Kind of a relic from a bygone era, Norma Rae is a female unionist who goes through much of the trials and tribulations that one goes through in organizing a… More

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