Norma Rae

Norma Rae

DVD - 2001
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Norma Rae, a textile worker in a small Southern town, discovers that she has a social conscience when a labor organizer arrives at her mill to establish a union.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Fox Video, c2001.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Norma Rae (Motion picture)

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Textile workers unite for decent working conditions.

Textile workers unite for decent working conditions.


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swyckl
Apr 06, 2017

This movie is appropriate for young children. I enjoyed this movie. There is no violence and no sex. The story is strong. The characters are developed. It is well acted. It shows the importance of wrong and right in life. It promotes have strong moral values and treating each other fairly with justice. It appreciates the freedom of a speech.

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akirakato
Dec 03, 2016

This is a 1979 American drama directed by Martin Ritt, based on the true story of Crystal Lee Sutton.
It is about Norma Rae, a factory worker from a small town in North Carolina who becomes involved in the labor union activities at the textile factory.
She revolutionalizes a small town and discovers a power in herself she never knew she had.
With increasing courage and determination, Norma organizes her fellow factory workers to fight for better conditions and wages.
Sally Field gives a tremendously affecting performance with moments of startling anger and courage.
No wonder this film was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2011.

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gleekster19
Aug 08, 2016

“So it goes like it goes and the river flows
And time it rolls right on
And maybe what's good gets a little bit better
And maybe what's bad gets gone.”

These lyrics, which play at the beginning and end of Norma Rae, stay in my head as one of the final lingering thoughts that the film leaves you with: the vicissitudes of life. The cotton mill manages to get the “bad” out by unionizing so they will not be exploited by their owners and managers anymore. And perhaps the “good [that] gets a little bit better” is Norma’s new husband and the strength she finds as a leader of her mill’s movement to unionize.
Sally Field creates a fully-realized character with flaws and an indomitable spirit, which will inspire anyone, especially those who want to fight against injustice.

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JackPurcell
Apr 18, 2015

One of the numerous 'better' Sally Field movies. Worth the watch unless you're the sort of person who sets your hair on fire and runs screaming in increasingly small circles anytime the word 'Union' is mentioned.

d2013 Aug 25, 2014

Sally Field was excellent in this film. Loved the story and what it represented.

JAMESG May 03, 2013

Excellent movie about the cotton mill industry in the Southern states. How difficult it was & what a price to pay to get unionized labour to protect the workers rights.

Outstanding performance by Sally Field! A must see.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

A truly fantastic film. Sally Field is dazzling here and you fall in love with her character. Her character is truly real: not perfect, but trying hard in a world that seems to be built unfairly. There's a feminist message in there, of course, but there's also an underdog message. The combination of the two is great, and it makes me even happier to think that it may have happened like this for Crystal Lee Sutton, the real-life woman that Norma Rae is based on. Kudos to her! Needless to say, I recommend this film to everyone.

btmslt May 24, 2012

A good demonstration of what a woman can accomplish.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Violence: A man slaps a woman across the face; her nose is shown bloodied afterwards. There is a brief brawl (perhaps a scuffle is a better word) between a few men, but there's no blood and it's quickly stopped. A man resists arrest.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Sexual Content: A woman speaks frankly about sexual satisfaction and how "putting feet up in the air in a vehicle" leads to pregnancy. A man responds in similar terms. (Any sexual language used is mild. I think it's completely reasonable to consider Norma Rae a family-friendly film.)

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Other: A woman and a man become drunk at a bar, so they use their friend as the designated driver when they get in a car.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A man suffers a heart attack and collapses.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Coarse Language: Very few to no mild cusses (such as "sh*t")

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

"The textile industry, in which you are spending your lives and your substance, and in which your children and their children will spend their lives and their substance, is the only industry in the whole length and breadth of the United States of America that is not unionized. Therefore, they are free to exploit you, to cheat you, to lie to you, and to take away what is rightfully yours: your health, a decent wage, a fit place to work. I would urge you to stop them by coming down to room 207 at the Golden Cherry Motel, to pick up a union card and to sign it. It comes from the Bible: according to the tribes of your fathers, ye shall inherit. It comes from Reuben Warshowsky: not unless you make it happen."

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

"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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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

"Forget it! I'm stayin' right where I am. It's gonna take you and the police department and the fire department and the National Guard to get me outta here! "

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

"Norma, what I've had from you has been sumptuous."

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

An overworked and underpaid single woman in the South joins forces with a New York labour union organizer to fight for some fair worker's rights at the uncomfortable textile shop that employs her.

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