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Sometimes a Great Notion (1970)

A family of fiercely independent Oregon loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Viv Stamper
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Leeland Stamper
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Joe Ben Stamper
Linda Lawson ...
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Andy Stamper
Sam Gilman ...
John Stamper
Lee de Broux ...
Willard Eggleston
Jim Burk ...
Biggy Newton
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Howie Elwood
Joe Maross ...
Floyd Evenwrite
Roy Poole ...
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Les Gibbons
Bennie E. Dobbins ...
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Storyline

Hank Stamper and his father, Henry Stamper own and operate the family business by cutting and shipping logs in Oregon. The town is furious when they continue working despite the town going broke and the other loggers go on strike ordering the Stampers to stop, however Hank continues to push his family on cutting more trees. Hank's wife wishes he would stop and hopes that they can spend more time together. When Hank's half trouble making brother Leland comes to work for them, more trouble starts. Written by Anonymous

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He wouldn't knuckle under for God himself! See more »


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31 December 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Never Give a Inch  »

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$3,660,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul Newman and Henry Fonda both received honorary Oscars before winning their Oscars Best Actor in a Leading Role. See more »

Goofs

When the Stampers are throwing dynamite at the small boat, pyrotechnics can be seen floating in the water where the "dynamite" is thrown. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Floyd Evenwrite: He's been over there a while. Ya think he's doing any good?
Biggy Newton: [shrugs]
Floyd Evenwrite: I got payments to make on a Chevrolet. Goddamn scabs over there!
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Referenced in Prison Break: Dead Fall (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

All His Children
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Music by Henry Mancini
Sung by Charley Pride
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Lackluster Drama
8 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

An Oregon logging family refuses to join the local union in a strike, leading to tension in the small town. The best-selling Kesey novel becomes a lackluster film. This was Newman's second stint in the director's chair and he seems unsure about how to tell a good story. The plot moves in fits and starts, making it hard to become invested in the story. Too much screen time is devoted to logging scenes that disrupt the narrative flow. The film is best remembered for a heart-wrenching scene involving a logging accident. Newman, Fonda, and Remick head a good cast, with Jaeckel particularly impressive as Newman's cousin.


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