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Sometimes a Great Notion aka Never Give an Inch [DVD] [1970]

Paul Newman , Henry Fonda , Paul Newman    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin
  • Directors: Paul Newman
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TJKVM8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,687 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Drama directed by and starring Paul Newman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey. Hank Stamper (Newman) is the eldest son of a fiercely independent Oregon logging family headed by Henry (Henry Fonda). Tensions arise when Hank's half-brother Leeland (Michael Sarrazin) returns to work in the troubled family business after a ten-year absence and begins an affair with Hank's wife, Viv (Lee Remick).

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Stamper's, Who Never Give an Inch. 28 Dec 2009
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It is always a challenge when film makers attempt to bring a substantial novel to the screen. Look at the examples of "Les Miserables", "War and Peace" and "Moby Dick" to evidence this. No film in fairness would have the time to embroider the rich tapestries that these books contain within the limited medium of film. Often they are heroic but ultimately doomed attempts. So it is with "Sometimes a Great Notion" at a running time of just under two hours. Paul Newman the director is unable to develop characters and sub plots that make Ken Kesey's novel of that name so rich a read. This book is now available as a Penguin Classic which is an indication of its status. In fairness it is probably a better book than his much better known "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest". But having said this it should also be said that this film falls into the "brave effort" category and contains much that makes it worth watching.

I first watched the film as part of a film studies course not long after it was first released under the title of "Never Give an Inch", which was the much quoted family motto. It was also the title I preferred and set the tone of the film. Although I knew at the time that it was not a great film, I had to admit to myself that it had made an impression, and that there were scenes from it that stuck in the memory. So when the opportunity came to buy the DVD I grabbed it. The story is set in the rugged and beautiful state of Oregon. The Stamper family headed by patriarch Henry, played by Henry Fonda, and helped by his two sons Hank played by Paul Newman, and Joe Ben played by Richard Jaekel, are independent loggers in the local community of Wakonda.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alternate DVD release from Universal (RC 1) 30 Nov 2011
NB: Fans of this movie might be interested in this alternate release from Universal USA:

DVD details:
Original aspect ratio. Fine print. No extras. No menu. Recommended.

Film: 8/10
Picture quality 8.5/10
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (orig.)
Run time (NTSC 60Hz): 1:54'33"
Chpt.: 12
Audio: Engl.
ST: -
RC 1
Bonus: -
Studio: Universal

DVD-R: will ONLY play on DVD player, NOT on PC drive or DVD recorder etc.

If you like to find out more about Ken Kesey you might check out these books:
"Haight Ashbury", Charles Perry
"Storming Heaven", Jay Stevens
"Electric Kool Aid Acid Test", Tom Wolfe
"On the Bus: The Complete Guide to the Legendary Trip of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and the Birth of the Counterculture", Paul Perry, Michael Schwartz and Neil Ortenberg
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Take On American Small Town Individualizm 19 Aug 2013
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Newman and Fonda match up well as leaders of a tough small business logging firm. Decent plot , solid cast and good acting. Worthwhile two hour journey to a small town environment that too few people have had a chance to live in. I recommend it and my teenage grand children enjoyed it.

Perhaps it was the specific disk I bought, but if this is a remastered video they didn't pay attention to audio copying, the sound was at times weak and/or distorted, so the "fiddling with the volume remote control" kicks in several times during two hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul is the King 2 Jun 2013
By Taxman
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I searched this DVD for a long time but when I purchased it I was sure to get it subtitled in english. I'm Italian and I love to watch films in english "with a little help from my friends", the subtitles... If it was possible to get the DVD subtitled I would purchased it one more copy. Let me know.. Taxman
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5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes a great notion 28 Aug 2011
By debbie
I just love old movies and Paul Newman. If you enjoy them too you will love this one. Well worth watching
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