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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

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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
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John Stamper
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Willard Eggleston
Jim Burk ...
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Howie Elwood
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Floyd Evenwrite
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Les Gibbons
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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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They hacked an empire out of wilderness...then fought the world to hold it! See more »


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31 December 1970 (USA)  »

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Never Give a Inch  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The book makes reference to the movie "Summer and Smoke", but incorrectly names Paul Newman as the co-star with Geraldine Page in that film, rather than her actual co-star Lawrence Harvey. Lee Remick was also in "Summer and Smoke" See more »

Goofs

During the Motorcycle race, Hank takes a spill and gets an entire left side caked with wet mud. The rest of the race and picnic, the level of mud on Hank's clothes changes back and forth from muddy to not so muddy. 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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Connections

Referenced in Quantum Leap: The Beast Within - November 6, 1972 (1993) 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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