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Plot: A family of fiercely independent Oregon loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times. Runtime: 114 mins Release Date: 31 Dec 1970
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 <more>
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.
Few movies have made a lasting impression as this one (by RedWine_1st)
Without making a spoiler all I can say is this is a most excellent movie with the best closing scenes ever.I have not seen this movie for 30 years but two scenes are still vividly etch in my memory.
Stuck under tree in river (by gmacpherson-1)
The scene in which Paul Newman is trying to keep Richard Jaeckel alive using mouth-to-mouth is one of the most haunting and memorable from that era's films late 60s/early 70s; for my money, the true golden age of cinema . Here are some others I would compare it to: 1. Oliver Reed vs. a pack of wolves in "The Trap". Reed's greatness as an actor was overshadowed by his off-screen, alcohol-induced antics, but watch him, outnumbered, terrified and enraged, fighting for his life in this scene - he was never better. 2. The final slow-motion rodeo scene in J.W. Coop: Final <more>
score: Bull 1, Cliff Robertson 0. Still can't figure out how they filmed it - it looks like a snuff film. 3. The opening 'frying pork chop' sequence from "Electra Glide In Blue". Flabbergasting and brilliant.
I've written before about the problems of reading a great book before seeing the movie. Year after year the literati kept waiting for & blathering about the long-anticipated "great American novel". Meanwhile Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion came & went without their realizing this was it - the most quintessentially American story ever told, a tale that goes straight to the heart of that stubborn independent streak that makes a man a man.I realize I'm rambling on about a book in a film review, but bear with me; knowing a little about the book helps understand <more>
why this movie's so damn good. No single movie could ever capture the breadth & depth of a 599-page book that interweaves generations of multi-hued characters to delineate who these people are, whose loins they sprang from & how they think. A mini-series would be hard pressed to cover it all. So of course, the first time I saw the film I was disappointed. But then again, I guess I expected to be.It was a tale well told tho, worth seeing again, & this time - the 3rd time I've watched it - I finally realized exactly how good a film it really is. Every aspect, from the cinematography to the casting, the dialog, the acting, right down to the corny country & western tune - with its mildly religious overtones - that opens & closes the film were exactly, perfectly, sublimely right. Who but Paul Newman could have played the indomitable hardnose Hank Stamper? No actor could have fit that role better. Henry Fonda was grand as cantankerous old Henry & Michael Sarazin - an underrated actor in my opinion - was excellent as the brooding younger son Leland. The characters were painstakingly true to the book & the tale was told without taking any but the most necessary of cinematic liberties. I did find myself wishing it was longer tho, but that's just because I didn't want it to end.
Paul Newman's Unexpected Big Flop. (by vitaleralphlouis)
This film was made at the peak of Paul Newman's career, when he was young, handsome, and had the ways that made him a star. It's a good movie about a family of tough-as-nails Oregon loggers and it has a somewhat famous gritty scene where Richard Jaeckel --- normally the heartless rat in other films --- finds his brother hopelessly trapped under a log-slide and he sticks by his brother's side both knowing the rising tide is coming.This movie was doomed by its run-along title and the equally bad second title, Never Give an Inch, when a two word noun-driven title would have assured <more>
easy public recognition. Where does that title come from anyway? The Bible? Ben Franklin? The Book of Common Prayer? No, no, and no. It comes from the lyrics of one of the greatest blues songs ever written, "Irene, Goodnight." The final verse goes: Sometimes I live in the country, Sometimes I live in the town, Sometimes I take a great notion, To jump in the river and drown.
A lot of people seem to be down on this film for reasons I really can't understand. The film seem to stretch everyone's creative levels especially one performer I'll single out later.Henry Fonda plays the head of the Stamper clan who own a lot of acreage in Oregon timber country and the family business is cutting logs. Enough to survive, but they do it on their own. But a strike by timber union loggers causes enmity between them and the Stampers who are seen as scabs.There are some similarities between Fonda's character and the family patriarch he played in Spencer's <more>
Mountain. But whereas Spencer had a noble dignity to him, Ben Stamper is a dissolute old cuss who has enjoyed all the vices known and imparted a love for them unto his children. They would be half brothers Paul Newman and Michael Sarrazin who've also got issues between themselves that may prevent the Stampers from forming a united front.Newman directed the film and he had a good eye for the scenery of the Oregon logging country. And he got some good performances from the rest of the cast. One of them Richard Jaeckel got his career role as a Stamper cousin. Newman reached his creative heights in Jaeckel's death scene which was played between him and Jaeckel. It's a long drawn out affair for reasons you'll know if you see the film. It will stay with you forever as it has me since I saw the film when it first came out. Richard Jaeckel got a nomination for Best Supporting Actor and the pity is that he was up against another popular character actor in Ben Johnson who won for The Last Picture Show. Sometimes A Great Notion also got a second Oscar nomination for Best Song with We're All His Children by Henry Mancini and Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Bing Crosby recorded a fine version of it on one of his albums. It lost however to theme from Shaft.Paul Newman deserved a lot more credit for this film than he got. I think if you see Sometimes A Great Notion you'll agree.
Twenty-eight years later, it's remembered. Performances by Newman and Fonda made a good film out of a mediocre but nonconforming script. An Oregon timberland owner stands up to the big company trying to buy him out.Scene when Newman tries to save his brother's life by blowing air into his lungs when he is pinned underwater by a fallen tree was remembered by a true-life father who did save his daughter's life the same way when she was caught beneath their boat. After all, it is a memorable film.