Norma Rae (1979)

PG   |    |  Drama


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A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.


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8 March 2006 | edwagreen
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| Unions A Timely Film ****
Sally Field's first Oscar came way via "Norma Rae."

The factory where she and her dad work does not know or want to know about unions. Workers are routinely abused and there is no way out for these hard-working laborers.

Along comes Jewish Ron Leibman, from the north, with the idea of forming a union. He meets up with much hostility. We see the southern hatred of unions in general and there is an underlining feeling of anti-Jewishness here as Jews have always been in the forefront of labor issues in America.

Pat Hingle's fatal coronary spurs daughter Norma to action. Her stopping work and turning around with the sign union is memorable.

This picture is timely due to the rash attacks on the labor movement from the federal government on down to management. Made at a time when President Reagan destroyed the Air Traffic Controller's Union, the film is most appropriate.

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