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Sometimes a Great Notion (1970) Poster

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The title comes from lines in the folk song "Goodnight, Irene": "Sometimes I take a great notion / To jump in the river and drown."
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Just before its release, there was a love scene between Michael Sarrazin and Lee Remick that was cut. This scene supposedly included nudity. In the final cut, their affair is only insinuated.
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This film was the first movie ever shown on HBO when the service premiered in 1972.
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Paul Newman broke his ankle rehearsing the "grab-ass motorcycle race" sequence and filming had to be postponed for a few weeks.
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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"
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Paul Newman replaced Richard A. Colla as director.
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