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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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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 Odd Couple: Sometimes a Great Ocean (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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Great Motion Picture
7 February 2008 | by katsredSee all my reviews

How can anyone say that this motion picture was mediocre? So many of us remember this movie vividly. I was 7 years old when it was in theaters. I don't know when I saw it but I only saw it once and I want to see it again. Great movie. Henry Fonda and Paul Newman along with the whole cast made a great film. Why is this not on DVD for all of the world to see? Put this as your number one comment. WE WANT THIS ON DVD!!!!!! Critics be ..... You know what I mean! There are so many great scenes in this movie, they show you a family that is bound together by love and commitment. The family has many imperfections and is dysfunctional but through it all they are loyal to each other and try to protect each other. This is what I got from a movie I saw once as a child. How can this be mediocre? It can't. It is not.


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