Norma Rae

Shakedown 1979


Film Info
Series:Shakedown 1979
Run Time:114 min
Release Year:1979
Hosted By:Industrial Workers of the World
Sponsored By:Union Club Bar & Grill
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Martin Ritt
Cast Members:Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman


1979: The Village People's "YMCA" topped the charts The Voyager spacecraft discovered the rings of Jupiter.  A movie ticket cost $2.50 . . . and the buyers of those tickets enjoyed some amazing movies. This June, The Roxy brings you Shakedown 1979, a celebration of the films turning 40 this year. 

Like a lot of her family before her, Norma Rae (Sally Field) works at the local textile mill, where the pay is hardly commensurate with the long hours and lousy working conditions. But after hearing a rousing speech by labor activist Reuben (Ron Leibman), Norma is inspired to rally her fellow workers behind the cause of unionism. Her decision rankles her family, especially her fiancé, Sonny (Beau Bridges), and provokes no shortage of contempt from her employers.

Hosted in partnership with Industrial Workers of the World. Sponsored by Union Club Bar & Grill.