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Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)

A family of fiercely independent Oregon loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times.

Director:

Paul Newman

Writers:

Ken Kesey (novel), John Gay (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Hank Stamper
Henry Fonda ... Henry Stamper
Lee Remick ... Viv Stamper
Michael Sarrazin ... Leeland Stamper
Richard Jaeckel ... Joe Ben Stamper
Linda Lawson Linda Lawson ... Jan Stamper
Cliff Potts Cliff Potts ... Andy Stamper
Sam Gilman ... John Stamper
Lee de Broux ... Willard Eggleston
Jim Burk Jim Burk ... Biggy Newton
Roy Jenson ... Howie Elwood
Joe Maross ... Floyd Evenwrite
Roy Poole ... Jonathan Stamper
Charles Tyner ... Les Gibbons
Bennie E. Dobbins Bennie E. Dobbins ... (as Bennie Dobbins)
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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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Taglines:

"Never give a inch" was the motto of the Stampers of Oregon. And live it they did! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Never Give a Inch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,660,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Jaeckel 's Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Alternate Versions

US Network television edited out Hank using Henry's amputated arm to give a middle finger salute on the front of the log raft. See more »

Connections

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

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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 dedalus-16See 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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