Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch)
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Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch)
Also known as Never Give an Inch, this film was based on a novel by Ken Kesey. Paul Newman (who also directed) stars as Hank Stamper, the oldest son of an Oregon logging family headed by Henry (Henry Fonda). Hank's half-brother, Leeland (Michael Sarrazin), embittered over Henry's treatment of his late mother, returns after a ten-year absence to work in the family business. Leeland's presence causes friction with Henry, who resents his prodigal son's hippie mindset, and Hank, who perceives Leeland as a threat to his own position in the family structure. Hank has good reason to… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A New Hollywood movie suffused in Old Hollywood values."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Newman's handling of the outdoor scenes, especially those involving work, is -- like his own acting -- restrained but powerfully evocative."
‑ , Time Out
"Based on Ken Kesey's book, Newman's second film as helmer is not effective or cohesive as the first (Rachel Rachel), but Oregon locations and good acting by Henry Fonda and others compensate for uneasy fit between melodrama and action"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Terrific family drama"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"It's not a classic, in the sense of being perfectly formed. But the craft work is one of a kind."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"Surprisingly effective."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"When the film cuts away from the family soap opera dramatics and shows the macho men at work wielding their chainsaws at the logging camp among the giant trees, it has a buzz."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Newman handles the emotional drama well and directs one outdoor scene with consummate brilliance."
‑ , Film4
"The result is rather good -- a sort of contemporary 'western' in the timber territory."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Newman starts tunneling under the material, coming up with all sorts of things we didn't quite expect, and along the way he proves himself as a director of sympathy and a sort of lyrical restraint."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Kesey's 600-plus-page novel would have made a fine six-hour mini-series, and it's a tribute to scenarist Gay that he managed to condense that much material into under two hours."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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