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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
Henry Fonda ... Henry
Lee Remick ... Viv
Michael Sarrazin ... Leeland
Richard Jaeckel ... Joe Ben
Linda Lawson Linda Lawson ... Jan
Cliff Potts ... Andy
Sam Gilman ... John
Lee de Broux ... Willard Eggleston
Jim Burk Jim Burk ... Biggy Newton
Roy Jenson ... Elwood
Joe Maross ... Floyd Evenwrite
Roy Poole ... Draeger
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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They hacked an empire out of wilderness...then fought the world to hold it! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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" 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 Cannibal Girls (1973) 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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A great movie with a knock-out ending!
28 March 1999 | by Sandy-68See all my reviews

Having seen this movie twice (once under each name) I can say that I enjoyed it both times. The big name actors and actresses plus a neat storyline make it worthwhile to see. Kind of the little guy against the big guy. The last scene is great!


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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