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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In spite of a little bit of naive angelism and Manichaeism due to the imperatives of this peculiar media and simply to financial reasons, 'Norma Rae' is an accomplishment (in fact, the last one) in director Martin Ritt's career. Highly recommended.
Martin Ritt's docu-drama touch had worked wonders for the spy genre with his impeccable (and nihilist) Carré adaptation. In Norma Rae, his camerawork and vision gains an inspiring dimension that allowed Sally Field to deliver one of the finest performances in the history of Hollywood.