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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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Joe Ben Stamper
Linda Lawson ...
Jan Stamper
Cliff Potts ...
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John Stamper
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Jim Burk ...
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Howie Elwood
Joe Maross ...
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Jonathan Stamper
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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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Release Date:

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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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Newman broke his ankle rehearsing the "grab-ass motorcycle race" sequence and filming had to be postponed for a few weeks. 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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Connections

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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Sometimes a great movie!
7 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this seventies movie for the first time last night. It must be one of the greats. The story line from Kesey's book, and the direction by Paul Newman are so closely woven and with such impact that there are times when one is left emotionally bare. There's not a fault in the casting,and the background of logging is nicely interwoven into the action bringing up surprise after surprise. The only flaw might be the glamorization of Lee Remick - I doubt that her character would show such a degree of grooming and cosmetic sophistication, but, as ever, Ms. Remick gives a performance that is impeccable. If awards were ever to come PaulNewman's way for direction and/or acting surely they should for this masterpiece.


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