Norma Rae | Chicago Reader

Norma Rae

Sally Field whips the textile workers of a small southern town into union solidarity, helped by New York emissary Ron Leibman, who has seen too many John Garfield movies. Strained social consciousness from Martin Ritt, who, after a happy respite with Casey's Shadow, went back to his old tricks, peddling liberal pieties to the masses. Photographed in murky yellows and browns by John Alonzo, this 1979 film is sluggish and vague, trivializing its subject in a wash of unearned sentimentality. With Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, and Barbara Baxley. 113 min.

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