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Ken Kesey (novel)
John Gay (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 December 1970 (USA) See more »
He wouldn't knuckle under for God himself! See more »
A family of fiercely independent Oregon loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Hank Stamper

Henry Fonda ... Henry Stamper

Lee Remick ... Viv Stamper

Michael Sarrazin ... Leeland Stamper

Richard Jaeckel ... Joe Ben Stamper
Linda Lawson ... Jan Stamper
Cliff Potts ... Andy Stamper

Sam Gilman ... John Stamper

Lee de Broux ... Willard Eggleston
Jim Burk ... Biggy Newton

Roy Jenson ... Howie Elwood
Joe Maross ... Floyd Evenwrite

Roy Poole ... Jonathan Stamper

Charles Tyner ... Les Gibbons
Bennie E. Dobbins (as Bennie Dobbins)
Alan Gibbs
Mickey Gilbert
Dick Hudkins
Terry Leonard

Fred Lerner
Gary McLarty

Hal Needham ... Man at Racetrack
J.N. Roberts

Dean Smith
Fred Waugh
Fred Zendar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene H. Altemus ... Orlando Brother (uncredited)
Ronald V. Bernard ... Orlando Brother (uncredited)
Charles Bidwell ... Evans (uncredited)
Robert Bryant ... Logger (uncredited)

Charles Horvath ... McElroy (uncredited)
Richard Lee Mason ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ben McMahan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marina Lisa Moore ... Marina Stamper (uncredited)
Martita Lara Moore ... Tita Stamper (uncredited)
Arthur S. Newman Jr. ... Sorenson (uncredited)
Melissa Newman ... Lissy Stamper (uncredited)

Jon Morgan Woodward ... Stamper Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Newman 
Writing credits
Ken Kesey (novel)

John Gay (screenplay)

Produced by
Frank Caffey .... associate producer
John Foreman .... producer (as John C. Foreman)
Paul Newman .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Richard Moore (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bob Wyman 
Art Direction by
Philip M. Jefferies  (as Philip Jefferies)
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Jim Markham .... hair designer: men
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (as Monte Westmore)
Gae Clark Butler .... hair stylist (uncredited)
John Inzerella .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Arthur S. Newman Jr. .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Michael Moore)
Paul J. Crossey .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Tom Joyner .... second assistant director trainee (uncredited)
Harvey S. Laidman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gene Marum .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Fred Chapman .... assistant prop master (uncredited)
Pat O'Connor .... prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Don Sharpless .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ben McMahan .... special effects (uncredited)
Don Wolz .... special effects (uncredited)
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)
Stan Barrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
J.N. Roberts .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Zendar .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Banks .... gaffer (uncredited)
William N. Clark .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Lloyd Isbell .... key grip (uncredited)
Michael D. Margulies .... camera operator (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Frank Shugrue .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norma Brown .... costumer (uncredited)
Ron Dawson .... costumer (uncredited)
James Linn .... costumer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Alby Thomas .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Dave Bowden .... technical advisor
Dean Fillmore .... technical advisor
The Jepson Family .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Annabelle King .... production assistant (uncredited)
Harold Mendelsohn .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Never Give an Inch" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"Never Give a Inch" - USA (reissue title)
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114 min | Portugal:108 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (re-rating) | UK:X (theatrical rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2009) | USA:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

Paul Newman and Henry Fonda both received honorary Oscars before winning their Oscars Best Actor in a Leading Role.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
References Bend of the River (1952)See more »
All His ChildrenSee more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Flawed with love and acumen, 4 June 2007
Author: Jim Retzer ( from Pittsburgh, Penna

I consider Ken Kesey's novel to be one of the 10 best works of contemporary American fiction. There are fatal flaws in this attempt to bring it to the screen and there are triumphs in nuance because the screen writer was writing just a few years after Kesey wrote about the pressures and social dynamic that separated people born just a few years apart like Hank and Leland.

Kesey devoted several pages to the difference between Leland and Hank. The screenwriter has the luxury of having Leland being asked, "What's with the hair?"

His response. " It grows." Sums up what Kesey knew was happening and what everyone knew had happened by the time the movie was made.

I give this movie an 8 because in every scene it is obvious that the actors read and loved the novel as much as I did.

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