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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.



(novel), (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Viv Stamper
Leeland Stamper
Joe Ben Stamper
Linda Lawson ...
Andy Stamper
Sam Gilman ...
John Stamper
Willard Eggleston
Jim Burk ...
Biggy Newton
Howie Elwood
Joe Maross ...
Floyd Evenwrite
Roy Poole ...
Les Gibbons
Bennie E. Dobbins ...
(as Bennie Dobbins)


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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Release Date:

31 December 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Never Give a Inch  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was the first movie ever shown on HBO when the service premiered in 1972. See more »


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 »


[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 The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) See more »


All His Children
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Music by Henry Mancini
Sung by Charley Pride
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Great Motion Picture
7 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How can anyone say that this motion picture was mediocre? So many of us remember this movie vividly. I was 7 years old when it was in theaters. I don't know when I saw it but I only saw it once and I want to see it again. Great movie. Henry Fonda and Paul Newman along with the whole cast made a great film. Why is this not on DVD for all of the world to see? Put this as your number one comment. WE WANT THIS ON DVD!!!!!! Critics be ..... You know what I mean! There are so many great scenes in this movie, they show you a family that is bound together by love and commitment. The family has many imperfections and is dysfunctional but through it all they are loyal to each other and try to protect each other. This is what I got from a movie I saw once as a child. How can this be mediocre? It can't. It is not.

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