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76 Ratings

Sometimes a Great Notion

Directed by Paul Newman
United States, 1970
Drama, Action, Adventure


A family of fiercely independent Oregon loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times.

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Sometimes a Great Notion Directed by Paul Newman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1972 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Critics reviews

You truly feel that Newman (who actually replaced the original director, Richard A. Colla, after weeks of shooting) found himself understanding this material intimately, out there on location, and was awed by the terror and beauty of it all. The danger and the death. It’s a highlight in Newman’s career both as an actor and as a director and should be remembered and honored – he could be a hell of a director.
July 13, 2017
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Newman didn’t direct often but when he did he meant it. Sometimes A Great Notion takes a little of your blood with it when it’s gone. You’ll feel like you’ve lost a year of living watching Newman decide whether to get up again when life pushes him the hardest its ever pushed.
April 05, 2017
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For all their warts, our sympathy never wavers from the stubborn strike-breaking Stampers whose struggle to “never give a inch” against the union is portrayed as heroic if Quixotic. The union members, on the other hand, are shown to be lazy, bumbling, vindictive, and cruel. It is doubtful that Newman… intended to make a reactionary film, but, in the case of SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION, the romantic (and very cinematic) lure of rugged individualism seems to have won out.
June 21, 2013
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