Norma Rae is a young Southern woman working at a cotton mill where poor working conditions take a toll on her health and that of her family. She is also a single mother with two children by different fathers, one dead and the other negligent, and frequently has flings with other men to alleviate her loneliness and boredom. Two men enter her life that change her perspective. A former co-worker, Sonny Webster, asks her out after earlier causing trouble for her at the mill. And after a few charged encounters with a New York union organizer, Reuben Warshowsky, Norma Rae listens to him deliver a speech that spurs her to join the effort to unionize her shop. Wanting to reform working conditions, Norma leads a shutdown despite the opposition of her family and employers.
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Sally Field accidentally broke the rib of an actor playing one of the policemen in the scene where Norma struggles not to be put in the police car. Read More