Norma Rae

Synopsis: Like a lot of her family before her, Norma Rae works at the local textile mill, where the pay is hardly commensurate with the long hours and 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. Her decision rankles her family, especially her fiancé, Sonny, and provokes no shortage of contempt from her employers.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Martin Ritt
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporat
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Ain't no miracle bein' born

People doin' it every day

Ain't no miracle growin' up

People just grow that way

So it goes like it goes

Like the river flows

And time, it rolls right on

And maybe what's good

Gets a little bit better

And maybe what's bad gets gone

Bless the child of a workin' man

She knows too soon who she is

And bless the hands of a workin' man

He knows his soul is his

So it goes like it goes

Like the river flows

And time, it rolls right on

And maybe what's good

Gets a little bit better

And maybe what's bad gets gone

Yeah, it goes like it goes

Like the river flows

And time keeps rollin' on

And maybe what's good

Gets a little bit better

And maybe what's bad

Gets gone

That's all you're eating

for lunch? An apple?

I'm dieting.

I got to keep my strength up.

I put these preserves up myself.

Sunday, Russell and I put up

over 60 quarts of peaches.

What did you do over

the weekend, Norma?

I soaked my feet.

I saw you in town Sunday.

Your friend drives

a mighty big car.

If you'd looked on the motel

register, you'd seen my name, too.

It's none of m business.

Mama, you haven't opened

up your sack yet.

Mama, aren't you hungry?


Mama, you feeling all right?


Mama, can you hear me?



Mama, come on. Come on.

She didn't hear one word I said!

You know that happens.

Well, it doesn't happen to my mama!

It'll pass off.

It's just temporary.

That makes it OK!

She's only deaf all day!

She can get another job.

What other job in this town?

I'll give her a note.

They'll send her home.

Come on, Mama.

They don't care anything about you.

You all right out there?

I'm fine.

You're going to get all bitten up.

I'll be in. Just a minute.


I'm going to let this pot soak.

There's one soaking from breakfast.

Now it's got company.

Hey, you kids.

10 more minutes of this junk,

then do your homework.

I did it.

Unsatisfactory in

lettering and reading,

and your numbers aren't too good.

You haven't done much homework.

- Shh!

- Shush! I'll shush you.

What are you getting fixed up for?

I'm going into town.

What do you need in town?


OK. I'll drive you in.

You got Bonanza on next.

I'll miss that. It's

the same every week.

I'm going to J.C. Penney's,

buy myself some panties and a white

cotton brassiere, size 32-B.

If you want to sit outside

the dressing room

and have the ladies look

at you, then come on.

No, ma'am.

You coming straight back?


I'm going to the drugstore,

buy myself some Kotex pads

and a Cosmopolitan magazine.

Mm-hmm. Then you coming home?

Yeah. I'll be so tired

from all the excitement,

I'll be coming home.


Mr. Witchard?

That's right. Vernon Witchard.

Who are you?

My name is Reuben Warshovsky.

Warshovsky. What kind

of name is that?

The kind you have to spell for

telephone operators and headwaiters.

What do you want?

I'd like a room with a mill family.

What for? We got a hotel,

a motel with 36 rooms.

I want to get to know

some mill hands.

Why is that?

I'll tell you.

I just got into town

about an hour ago.

Hi. How are you?

Right away, the police chief

was saying, "Who are you?"

So I told him I'm a

labor organizer.

I've come to put a union in

the OP. Henley Textile Mill.

He said, "The hell you are, boy!"

He was dead right.

You people are Communists,

agitators, crooks, or Jews,

or all four rolled together.

You make folks lose their jobs,

get their heads busted...

Excuse me, sir.

How much do you make an hour?

I make $1.33 a frame.

When was your last

cost-of-living raise?

I haven't had that.

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Irving Ravetch

Irving Dover Ravetch (November 14, 1920 – September 19, 2010) was an American screenwriter and film producer who frequently collaborated with his wife Harriet Frank Jr. more…

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