Norma Rae: An idea whose time has come

Release Date : March 2, 1979
Genres: Drama
Duration: 1h 54m
Rating: 3/5
Director Martin Ritt
WriterIrving Ravetch 
Harriet Frank Jr.
Produced byTamara Asseyev, Alexandra Rose
StarsSally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges,
Pat Hingle, Barbara Baxley
Cinematography              John A Alanzo
Edited by             Sidney levin
Music by              David Shire
Production Design by
Production companies20th Century Fox

Norma Rae Webster: Who’s this? Dylan Thomas?

Reuben Warshowsky: He was a poet. A genius and a drunk.

What is it about

In a small town in North Carolina, Norma Rae (Sally Field) is born in a working class family and all she knows to earn for her livelihood is by working in the local textile mill. Her free spirit gets her into quite few problems but the biggest of all comes knocking in the form of Reuben Warshowsky (Ron Liebman) who asks her help in setting up a trade union for the mill workers. She wants to redeem herself from being called a trash for working in the mill and having kids out of wedlock, and also create better conditions for her children if they decide to work for the mill at sometime in their lives.

Will she succeed in her mission?

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Sally Field
Uplifting tale

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Final verdict

A feel good movie with terrific performances, keeps you engaged throughout.

Management Concepts/ Lessons/ References

“If they answer not to thy call, walk alone,
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall, O unlucky one,
open thy mind and speak out alone.”
Ekla Chalo, Rabindranth Tagore

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and opressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
― Thomas Jefferson

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