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Norma Rae

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Original title
Norma Rae
Running time
113 min.
United States United States
Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr.
David Shire
John A. Alonzo
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20th Century Fox
Drama | Politics. Job/Employment. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
Veteran director Martin Ritt directed this earnest and very popular tale of a naive textile worker, widow, and mother in the U.S. South who becomes empowered by standing up for her rights in the workplace. Sally Field stars in the Oscar-winning title role as a woman who has been content to go along with the status quo until she realizes that she is entitled to more and can succeed if she stands up for herself. Her fight to improve deplorable working conditions at the textile plant causes a rift between her and the people closest to her, but her determination brings a new awareness to her and to all the women with whom she works. Ritt's typical, socially conscious story uses the politics of Norma Rae's struggle and also its emotions to build the film to a rousing climax.
1979: 2 Academy Awards: Best Actress (Sally Field), Song. 4 Nomination
1979: Golden Globes: Best Actress - Drama (Sally Field). 3 Nominations
1979: Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (Sally Field) & Technical Grand Prize
1979: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Sally Field)
1979: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actress (Sally Field)
1979: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
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