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An anti-union story as a tribute to individualism by Ken Kesey the Acid Test guy -- I have to admit that at the time that confused the hell out of me.
This movie had the ideal cast -- Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Richard Jaekel, Lee Remick, but the production ran into trouble and Newman fired director George Roy Hill and completed the project himself. An indication of the "Hollywoodization" of the novel is the decision to change the name from "Some times a Great Notion" (the same as the novel) to "Never Give A Inch" (sic) which just confused people. Richard Jaekel's death scene was truly heart-breaking.
Saw it when it first came out. It's a good movie. More ensemble acting rather than one star above all. The Stamper family pretty much ate their young with their defiance.Sad ending-at least to me.I roughly remember Paul Newman's line in this scene.He's cutting the desk in half because he believes the union firebombed his logging truck."This can't replace that truck-but this makes me feel a whole lot better."
Enormously underrated movie. Lots of great moments. And it ain't on DVD. Can't remember the last time it was shown on cable (the premium channels, anyway). Jaeckel's death scene was truly disturbing. They changed the title for the same reason producers traditionally change titles--the movie bombed and they hoped a name-change would turn it around. So "Ace in the Hole" became "The Big Carnival," for example.
I'm dying to see this film but it's not in print! I read the book last year and it was AMAZING.
The original title and Tommy O'C comment about "the premium channels" came together...SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION was the first movie shown on Home Box Office when it debuted in the fall of 1972 (in a few hundred households of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania).Paul
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