What finally impresses, however, is the sheer seediness of so much of the film, with characters, buildings, and landscapes lent convincingly grubby life by Oswald Morris' excellent monochrome camera-work.
The trouble, as so often with Ritt films, is that the situation remains interesting rather than involving. But at least this detachment means that one has the leisure to savour the textures of Wong Howe's magnificent camerawork.
norma rae is a great movie and perfect direction by martin ritt who has built a real and honest legacy through his work over the years. it is ironic that i bought a classic union story at wallmart's of all places. it just shows that unions due improve the world and the economy. the story of norma rae will always hold up because the rich will get richer and the workers continue to struggle even though or because we are the real strentgh of the country. get the movie and join the fight.