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189 Ratings

Norma Rae

Directed by Martin Ritt
United States, 1979


Like a lot of her family before her, Norma Rae works at the local textile mill, where the pay is hardly commensurate with the lousy working conditions. But after hearing a rousing speech by labor activist Reuben, Norma is inspired to rally her fellow workers behind the cause of unionism.

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Norma Rae Directed by Martin Ritt

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1979 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Academy Awards

1980 | 2 wins including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1980 | 2 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1979 | Winner: Best Actress

Writers Guild of America

1980 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Critics reviews

On this viewing, what struck me even more strongly was the movie’s suggestion that no struggle can take place alone. Norma Rae is heroic, but she comes into her own, as a woman, because she is fighting for class solidarity.
August 04, 2020
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