Norma Rae (1979) & Swing Shift (1984)

Saturday, March 10, 2018
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Working Girls: America's Career Women on Screen

See below for additional information.


Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.


Film and Television Archive
(310) 206-8013


Additional Information

Norma Rae (1979) - Based on real-life factory employee and eventual labor organizer Crystal Lee Sutton, this galvanizing story of North Carolina textile worker Norma Rae Webster and her mobilization to unionize her cotton mill bestowed Best Actress accolades upon Sally Field for her committed, inspired performance. The character of Norma Rae is a tour de force of chutzpah and bravery as she makes demands on her bosses and their lackadaisical, if not downright dangerous, labor practices, all under the encouragement and guidance of labor organizer Reuben Warshowsky. With photorealist cinematography and an overwhelming message of empowerment, Norma Rae upholds inspiration and validation for any woman who has put their body in harm’s way for a worthy cause. Director: Martin Ritt. Cast: Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, Barbara Baxley. 35mm, color, 114 min.

Followed by: Swing Shift (1984) - When Kay Walsh waves goodbye as her husband Jack is called to the Navy to serve his country, this housewife finds wartime employment at a California-based aircraft manufacturer. A romance between the efficient yet soft-hearted Kay and coworker Lucky ensues while Jack is overseas in this throwback that considers the first influx of women in the American workforce. Filmmaker Jonathan Demme’s grandmother worked the swing shift during WWII, which naturally drew him to the story of this Rosie-the-Riveter-esque figure. At the insistence of stars Hawn and Russell, Demme’s final product is more romantic and comedic than originally intended, producing an Altman-esque, delightfully specific period piece. Director: Jonathan Demme. Cast: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Fred Ward, Ed Harris. 35mm, color, 100 min.

In person: Laureen Lazarovici, labor communications expert.

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