Her life is quite ordinary until Reuben Ron Leibman , a union worker from New York, comes to her mill and tries to unionize its labor force. Perhaps slightly overlong, but overall a great movie. However, it is the compression which can turn smeary. All the management are depicted as mean-spirited and unsmiling, with no redeeming features, who stoop to phone tapping and incitement of racial hatred to try and foil the plans of Union representative Reuben Warshawsky a sharp and edgy Ron Leibman to win the work force over. This is a real slice of Americana, and there is an element of pathos, too, when one realizes that these good people were unwittingly sowing the seeds of destruction for their industry.
Norma Rae was a period piece that at the time focused on an under-explored area. There are now many more foreign countries where workers are having to go through the same kinds of experiences in trying to fight for a union and for better working conditions. The music is great and also won an Oscar. Offending management, all white males, are portrayed throughout as unfeeling, greedy, and arrogant. I had the great honor to be given a wonderful trainee assistant director, Paul Moen, to help me on the show. The ladies lead out when a textile mill is finally brought to a stop in the pro-union movie Norma Rae. Less surprisingly, they also ignore union violence and intimidation, a standard tactic.
Either Sonny and Norma enjoyed the briskest of whirlwind romances or Warschawsky was the most stubborn man in the South and would still be canvassing the mill's workforce to this day had he not met with success. The manufacturers were so flagrant in their violations that Norma Rae's father had arm pain, and asked for a break. This has not affected the editorial process. Norma Rae is that type of incredible work of art; the sort of film that completely absorbs the viewer. Unable to take care of themselves, the hero from New York Ron Leibman sets things straight and awakens the otherwise naive Christian southerner played by Sally Field. Presumably this is because of the worker's fears of repercussions from the management, but again this is never really made clear, and there is little feeling of the awakening of a sleeping giant as the call for an organised union grows: one minute there are just a handful of recruits, the next the whole workforce is downing tools as Norma is hauled off to prison. Will she then manage to get the rest of her co-workers to go along? For more information on how we handle review material, please visit our page to learn more.
Their lives are shaped by a lack of opportunity and vision that keeps them mired in a barely sustainable lifestyle. Conditions are deplorable: harsh rules, unsafe environment, low pay, heartless management. You can't help but watch vignettes of the film and say to yourself, yup, a huh! It shares a reasonable amount of background detail on what went into making the film and getting it produced in the first place. However, Norma Rea will always retain its place in American trade union history as a fictional although doc style movie on unions in the deep south. Of course, Leibman of 1979 is not classically handsome, but he has a bearing and charisma that is almost breathtaking. The film's technical excellence is at least partly due to director Ritt's using the same crew he used on many of his films about the south; Alonzo, Levin, and Herndon have a history of working well with each other and with Ritt. It makes me think of Hitchcock rather than Sally Field.
In one scene, Norma demonstrates exactly how much this idea is both so trivial and time consuming when she is working to fight for the union formation. So where were these right-to-work people when the machines were being shut down? 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. They're hostile, yes, and careless about the welfare of their employees. The performances were always at the core of the direction, too. Audio A lone dated bonus feature is a 25-minute Hollywood Backstory.
A Jewish union organizer is portrayed as selfless, passionate in his quest, and willing to sacrifice for others. However, a few events in the film really happened with Sutton, including the famous moment when Norma Rae holds up the 'Union' sign to her fellow co-workers. The art direction is really the second star of the film: vivid, palpably hot and sweaty, with bits of cotton floating about in the air. This is movie to watch for solely on the development of Norma and her relationships. Her mother became temporarily deaf. Typical under-dog story that is so well-made that its success makes for a very memorable cinematic experience.
The audio quality is a bit lacking and there isn't much in the supplemental department, but the strength of the film and it's picture quality presentation makes this a worthwhile release. It was disconcerting to almost daily tell the crew of the changed in plans but, somehow, it almost always worked out. Pat Hingle's fatal coronary spurs daughter Norma to action. Although the movie has probably stained the image of the U. This is a dramatic and moving film that rests on the wonderful Oscar winning portrayal by Sally Field of a Southern textile worker, Norma Rae. White thugs attack an African-American worker, but his friends quickly come to his aid. Given America's recent and current economic woes, now seems to be the perfect time for a new release of 'Norma Rae', as the issues of this movie may resonate well with audiences of today.
The story is a combination of ideas. In fact, the whole cast does a fine job, so if you're looking for superb acting, then look no further. In trying to get the textile mill she and her family work for unionized, Sally Field's Norma Rae Webster also tries to earn self-respect at any cost. In an early scene of the film, Norma is trying to speak to her mother, who also works at the mill, and she realizes that she cannot hear anything she has said. She does not do like women were supposed to do, she has affairs, she speaks her mind and she does certainly not put the meal on the table when her husband comes home. This film makes you wonder about many important for us things and I strongly recommend its for watching to everyone. Field proved that she could handle delicate material and carry a film to cinematic history.
Visual scope is still impressive. Granted, some film clips are shown. However, they are not evil thugs skulking in the shadows and they don't put the nocuous Liebman in the hospital. At the worst, a shared outdoor scene with Fields and Bridges sours due to awful digital touch up. Fidelity captures stray cotton fibers stuck to machine oil and individual strands of fabrics. In 2011, the movie was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in the National Film Registry.