Film: Norma Rae
Norma Rae is a 1979 film that tells the story of a factory worker from a small town who becomes involved in the labor union activities at the textile factory where she works. It stars Sally Field in the title role, who won an Academy Award for her performance. The film is based on the life of Crystal Lee Sutton.
This film provides examples of:
- Award Bait Song: See The Runner-Up Takes It All
- Character Title: Norma Rae
- Hey, It's That Guy!: C'mon, who doesn't know Gidget or the matriarch from Brothers and Sisters?
- It's Been Done: Try to think of unions in film without bringing this one up.
- National Film Registry: This film was inducted in 2011.
- Playing Against Type: Although she had already won an Emmy for Sybil, Sally Field was still remembered as Gidget and The Flying Nun. With this film, however, she well and truly shattered her typecasting.
- The Runner-Up Takes It All: Real Life example. The movie's theme song, "It Goes Like It Goes", won the 1980 Oscar for Best Original Song. That song is not very well remembered or commonly heard nowadays. One of the losers just so happened to be "The Rainbow Connection", a song that is now considered a modern classic and even graced AFI's "100 Years... 100 Songs" list (at #74), whereas Norma Rae's song did not.
- The '70s: The film was released in 1979, while most of Mrs. Sutton's hard work was also based in the same decade.