PG | | Drama
A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.
Crystal Lee Sutton, the unionist who Norma Rae was based on, was not happy with this film, and felt that the picture should have been a docu-drama.
Norma Rae Wilson:
You a Jew?
Reuben Warshowsky: I beg your pardon?
Norma Rae Wilson: Are you a Jew?
Reuben Warshowsky: Born and bred.
Norma Rae Wilson: I never met a Jew before.
Reuben Warshowsky: How you doing?
Norma Rae Wilson: I heard you all had horns.
Reuben Warshowsky: Heh. Circumcised, yes. Horns, no.
Norma Rae Wilson: Well, as far as I can see, you don't look any different from the rest of us.
Reuben Warshowsky: Well, we ...
Reuben comes to inspect the plant to verify that his notices are not being stripped off of the bulletin boards in violation of the court order. Upon finding his notice and demanding it be brought down to "eye level", he insists on reading it because "No union organizer, not even a known union member has been inside the fences and walls of this factory for more than ten years." It is not explained how the notice got posted there in the first place.
$262,778 4 March 1979
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