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Norma Rae Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman

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Tough woman Norma Rae has a lot on her hands, working to the bone at a textile mill in a small southern town and being a newly widow with two young children. The conditions of the workplace is bad, respect of employees is lacking, to sum it up all the workers and Norma is underpaid and overworked. Rae's parents worked at the mill and it took a great toll on both of them. Now working hard and taking care of her ill parents, Norma is frustrated and appalled of the treatment all the laborers and the sickness which bestowed on her parents.
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Reuben Warshovsky, a smart and witty man arrived from New York City; who proves to be a alot of help for the townsfolk. Warshovsky is a labor union organizer who is willing to to lay down the rules for those head of the factory so the workers can gain the respect and higher wages than what they are receiving at the moment. But first he needs a leader that is opinionated, action-oriented, hardworking and will not back down to pressure. The people need someone with a voice and Warshovsky sees that Norma fit the bill. Quickly Norma agreed to take the role as the union leader.

But leading a union organizer means she will need fellow workers behind her one hundred percent. Instead most of the people prefer to drown their sorrows and defeated attitudes with a beer than get involved. While finding a way to get her co-wrokers by her side, Warshovsky and Rae get to know each other personally-but not in a romantic way, though Warshovsky reveals to Norma his first sexual experience and give her the feel how he'd lived in the busy city. On the other hand, Norma tells all about her difficult relationships with men and still tries to find a way to get through the mill workers. Meanwhile, management at the factory hears of the union that is in effect and want to win Norma over by giving her a better position and more money to keep her from proceeding on as the union organizer.
The review of this Movie prepared by Alicia M.



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   union leaders fighting for labor rights Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   blue collar common worker

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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