Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release on Blu-ray director Martin Ritt's Oscar winning film Norma Rae (1979), starring Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle, and Barbara Baxley. The release will be available for purchase on April 1.
Sally Field is unforgettable as Norma Rae, the Southern millworker who revolutionizes a small town and discovers a power in herself she never had. Under the guidance of a New York unionizer (Leibman) and with increasing courage and determination, Norma Rae organizes her fellow factory workers to fight for better conditions and wages. Based on a true story, Norma Rae is the mesmerizing tale of a modern day heroine. Beau Bridges co-stars.
This will be a reluctant must-own for my collection, only becaue of the "awareness" i have now that i didn't in my youth. But then again, unions served a different purpose back in those days than they do now, there was a time when there was actually a need for them, to improve working contitions in some places, but now, not so much.
I currently have over 35 years of experience, being employed in a manufacturing union shop, and a union is essential, and a necessity in today society, even more than it was in the past! A union fully protects the employees rights, from unlawful, unfair labor practices from the company.
Thank the Unions for the 40 hour week! As a professional, never paid a dime in union dues, and a historian, I'm fully 'aware' of the benefits I have received that are unthinkable without strong unions. Hollywood still produces the occasional working class drama (North Country), but fewer and farther between; happy for this release!
Not to change this from "Norma Rae" to a discussion about unions but, assuming the film was true to life, who could be against unions in those circumstances? Nobody. Today, however, it seems the pendulum has often swung too far the other way; step into any post office and you'll quickly come to the sad conclusion that the only people unions help are union members… at the expense of customer service.