Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch)
Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch) (1971)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2013
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A New Hollywood movie suffused in Old Hollywood values.

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Time Out

Newman's handling of the outdoor scenes, especially those involving work, is -- like his own acting -- restrained but powerfully evocative.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

It's not a classic, in the sense of being perfectly formed. But the craft work is one of a kind.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Surprisingly effective.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Variety Staff

The result is rather good -- a sort of contemporary 'western' in the timber territory.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Okay but overlong logging drama would have benefitted by being a half hour shorter. Has a fine cast, with Lee Remick giving the best performance even though her… More