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I teach a course in Leadership at a local college. One of the Chapters is about Women as Leaders. Well, we're kind of off in a fantasy world here if we try to use props. And the chasm beteen what we see on the screen and the real world, fantasy and application, is wide, enormous and scary.
So this is not about Vin Diesel saving the world with his enormous biceps, nor Arnold with giant pecs protecting women and children. Nor is it a braless Signourney Weaver in a tee shirt and two machine guns on her hips blowing up aliens.
This is about one of us in the body of a short, cute, 90 pound woman, uneducated, riddled with human flaw, inspired by her antithesis, a highly educated jewish labor organizer, to stand up and like Tommy Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics, raise her fist in defiance of the machine.
And, Sally Field does give the performanvce of a lifetime with all the nuances of an uneducated person sensing the right thing but lacking the tools with which to do it.
There's a scene where she has to sign her name and she stares at the paper and purses her tongue and bites her lip in concentration. Small affectation. Brilliant. She got the Oscar and I think we laughed at her. She's Gidget for God's sake. The Flying Nun. It's even funnier than if Goldie Hawn won it. But here's the final answer: She deserved it.
You know what the plot's about. This Alabama about 20 years after Brown v. Board of Education, 10 years after The Heart of Atlanta decison, and 6 or 7 years after the Civil Rights killings. So it's not a safe venue for change.Read more ›
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Great movie, great performance buy the entire cast. Unfortunately these conditions are returning and workers better wake up the benefits of unions. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Robert
Stocking stuffer for my husband. Will be shown to his AP Econ students.Published 1 month ago by Brittany Duncan
Sally Field is such an incredible actress and she certainly does not disappoint in Norma Rae! Her character is relatable and passionate. This is a great movie!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A great movie. Video and audio quality were quite good for such an old moviePublished 2 months ago by ron scheinhaus
A must in the library due to the vacuum of women figures being portrayed as active participants in history. Read morePublished 2 months ago by reading
The package arrived on time, as promised. Though the cover for the movie was broken, the disc itself was still usable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amy
One woman can make a difference. Sadly, over 2 million textile jobs have been lost to foreign outsourcing. American management chases cheap labor around the world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Douglas K. Isanhart