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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
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A fine, workable adaption of an excellent but unfilmable novel
Kesey's superb epic novel with its shifting points of view and verb tense
far too complex a work to adapt directly. Kesey's prose while exceptionally
cinematic in its description and action ironically proves
That said, Paul Newman and his production team have created a most
and solid, if rather top heavy adaption of Kesey's excellent
The dialogue while rather shallow and weak in spurts (Kesey's rich
is lost)is overcome by a wonderful ensemble cast featuring some of
finest. Who better that Henry Fonda to play Newman's father? Richard Jaekel
richly earns the Oscar nomination as the dim-witted but enthusiastic born
again lumberjack Joe-Ben. The famous scene where Newman tries desperately
save Jaekel's character from drowning is heartbreakingly tragic and darkly
comic. It is a marvelous example of direction.
Newman spent a great deal of time in my native Oregon researching the part
and the film and his homework shows. Kesey's rich descriptions of the land
remain largely intact. The sense of time and place is impressively captured
in the photography of rusting metal, dripping ferns, rotting wood and
mildewed carpets. This is a film that one can almost smell.
Newman is one of the finest artists ever to come out of Hollywood. Not only
as an actor, but also as a director. He instinctivly knows how to illicit
naturalistic, comfortable and utterly human performances from his casts and
Sometimes a Great Notion is no exception. Well worth a look. 7 out of 10
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