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Union organizer Reuben Warshowsky (Ron Leibman) bids Norma Rae Webster (Sally Field) a fond farewell.
Union organizer Reuben Warshowsky (Ron Leibman) bids Norma Rae Webster (Sally Field) a fond farewell.
Norma Rae (Sally Field) displays a hand-scrawled sign, standing atop her work table at the mill.
Norma Rae (Sally Field) displays a hand-scrawled sign, standing atop her work table at the mill.
Norma Rae (Sally Field) and her mother, Leona (Barbara Baxley) endure harsh conditions in the cotton mill.
Norma Rae (Sally Field) and her mother, Leona (Barbara Baxley) endure harsh conditions in the cotton mill.
Norma Rae (Sally Field) sits with her parents, Leona (Barbara Baxley) and Vernon (Pat Hingle), who also work at the local textile factory.
Norma Rae (Sally Field) sits with her parents, Leona (Barbara Baxley) and Vernon (Pat Hingle), who also work at the local textile factory.

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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 79
Notable as: DramaGenre: Family Drama, Social problem film, DramaRuntime: 96 - 123 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: AlabamaDirector: Martin RittScreenwriter: Irving RavetchMusic: David ShireCinematography: John A. AlonzoStars: Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, Gail Strickland, Barbara Baxley, James Luisi, Morgan Paull, Booth Colman, John Calvin, Vernon Weddle, Robert Broyles, Gilbert Green, Lee de BrouxProducer: Tamara AsseyevAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actress (Sally Field)
National Film Registry
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Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Picture (Tamara Asseyev)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Irving Ravetch)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Norma Rae is a 1979 American drama film about a factory worker from a small town in North Carolina who becomes involved in the labor union activities at the textile factory where she works. The film stars Sally Field in the title role, Beau Bridges as Norma Rae's husband, Sonny, and Ron Leibman as union organizer Reuben Warshowsky. 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 Sutton, which was told in the 1975 book Crystal Lee, a Woman of Inheritance by New York Times reporter Henry P. Leifermann. Sally Field won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal as Norma Rae Webster. Norma Rae won a total of two awards, plus six other nominations. The film was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2011.


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