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Norma Rae [DVD] [1979]

Release Date:04/17/2001
Martin Ritt's Norma Rae comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer and a 20-minute featurette titled "Backstory: Norma Rae." This memorable film has been given a respectable DVD release from 20th Century Fox.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 15)

    Special Features

    • 20-minute "Backstory: Norma Rae"
    • Original theatrical trailer


    Norma Rae
    Norma Rae finds Sally Field cast in the title role, a minimum-wage worker in a cotton mill. The factory has taken too much of a toll on the health of Norma Rae's family for her to ignore her Dickensian working conditions. After hearing a speech by New York union organizer Reuben (Ron Leibman), Norma Rae decides to join the effort to unionize her shop. This causes dissension at home when Norma Rae's husband, Sonny (Beau Bridges), assumes that her activism is a result of a romance between herself and Reuben. Despite the pressure brought to bear by management, Norma Rae successfully orchestrates a shutdown of the mill, resulting in victory for the union and capitulation to its demands. Based on a true story, Norma Rae is the film for which Sally Field won her first Oscar; an additional Oscar went to David Shire and Norman Gimbel for the film's theme song, "It Goes Like It Goes." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sally Field
      Sally Field - Norma Rae
    • Beau Bridges
      Beau Bridges - Sonny
    • Ron Leibman
      Ron Leibman - Reuben
    • Pat Hingle
      Pat Hingle - Vernon
    • Barbara Baxley
      Barbara Baxley - Leona

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