Sometimes a Great Notion

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""Never give a inch" was the motto of the Stampers of Oregon. And live it they did!"
  • PG
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 6.9  (4,421)

Sometimes a Great Notion is a 1971 drama film directed by and starring Paul Newman. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Ken Kesey. The film featured a star-studded cast which included Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, and Richard Jaeckel. The story is set in a small logging town in Oregon, where the Stampers family lives. The Stampers are a robust and hardworking family who own their own business, a logging operation that has been in the family for generations. The patriarch of the family is Henry Stamper (Henry Fonda), who is a strict and tyrannical figure, known for his stubbornness.

The story begins when the eldest son of the Stamper family, Hank (Paul Newman), returns to the town after several years of absence. Hank left the town and his family because of a dispute with his father, but he decides to come back to help his family when they suffer financial troubles. Hank plans to take an unconventional approach to logging, which his father disapproves of. However, Hank and his younger brother, Leland (Michael Sarrazin), work together to implement their plan and make the business much more profitable.

However, the Stampers must also deal with their rival, a large logging company that tries to drive them out of business. The owner of the rival company is even willing to resort to violence to achieve their goals, and the Stampers must stand united to protect their livelihood and their way of life.

At the same time, the Stampers must also confront their own personal demons. Hank has a troubled relationship with his wife, Viv (Lee Remick), who suffers from mental health problems. Leland struggles with his identity, and the family must also come to terms with their past, including a tragedy that occurred several years ago.

The film is a powerful portrayal of the American West, and it explores themes of family, ambition, and the struggle to survive. The movie features some stunning cinematography, with breathtaking shots of the Oregon landscape. The film's score, composed by Henry Mancini, is also memorable, adding to the movie's emotional impact.

The acting in the film is outstanding. Paul Newman is excellent as the rebellious Hank, who is willing to stand up to his father and challenge the status quo. Henry Fonda is also impressive as the stubborn and domineering Henry Stamper. Lee Remick provides a nuanced performance as Viv, and Michael Sarrazin does an excellent job of portraying the conflicted and sensitive Leland.

Sometimes a Great Notion is a must-watch film for fans of drama and classic cinema. The film's exploration of the human experience, coupled with its stunning visuals and powerful performances, makes it a timeless classic. The film's themes of family, loyalty, and standing up for what one believes in are relevant even today, and the movie remains a powerful depiction of the American West.

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    6.9  (4,421)