Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Norma Rae

Dir: Martin Ritt, 1979 (8.9*)

AFI 50 Heroes
Sally Fields won an Oscar for her most inspirational performance, playing a sewing factory worker in Alabama who helps organize a union against many detractors and expected backlash. Ron Leibman is an organizer who provides legal support, Beau Bridges is the distraught husband who feels ignored, but Martin Ritt (Hud, The Great White Hope) is the star who made this uplifting and inspiring but without sentimentality, and its based on a true story. Ritt himself was blacklisted and filmed the events as The Front, with Woody Allen in a dramatic role. There's a scene in the factory when she stands by herself that's one of the greatest in film history.


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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