Norma Rae
Norma Rae (1979)

Norma Rae, a young Southern woman working at a cotton mill, encounters a union organizer and decides to join the effort to reform working conditions. This Oscar-winning drama follows Norma's crusade, as she leads a shutdown despite the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 2, 1979
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% 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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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

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

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Variety Staff

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

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Angie Errigo
Radio Times

Based on the true story of a reluctant real-life heroine, this sincere drama with a social conscience makes its union cause authentic, heartfelt and grittily entertaining.

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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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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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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

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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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
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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