The $5.20 an Hour Dream (1980)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Social Problem Film  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Clearly inspired by the theatrical feature Norma Rae, The $5.20 an Hour Dream stars Linda Lavin as a recently divorced woman supporting herself and her 12-year-old daughter. The highest-paying job at the Oregon engine factory where she works is on the assembly line--which has traditionally been an all-male operation. Bucking the system (and several stereotyped "chauvinist pigs"), Lavin eventually wins a place on the line, as do several of her female friends. As always, Linda Lavin (for whom this film was a pet project) looks far too self-reliant to ever be considered a "victim," so the climax of $5.20 an Hour Dream is a foregone conclusion. This made for TV movie received an award from the National Commission of Working Women.

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boys'-club, conflict, divorce, employment, factory, impersonation, labor-relations, mother, mountain-biking, one-against-odds, rock-music, role-switching