Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)


“People do what they want, kid. I don’t tell ’em what to do. ” – Hank Stamper

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A family of loggers in the Pacific Northwest must find a way to deal with the every changing political landscape of the profession.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before watching it and was surprised to see that it has such a great cast.

The story itself is actually quite mediocre and we get to see what life was like for a family of Northwestern loggers.

The fact that there is such an impressive cast including Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, lee Reminick, and Richard Jaeckel unfortunately doesn’t help make this film any more interesting to watch.

There are some good scenes and things are presented well, but overall, it moves along way too slowly.

We are able to get a sense of the familial camaraderie throughout and we know that they will always stick together when needed especially when faced with unforeseen hardships and difficulties that challenge them all.

Jaeckel was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role as the biggest optimist among the family members who helps keep the story from feeling too gloomy due to the way the rest of the family members act the entire time.

The way that they show the union aspect of this kind of work is interesting to watch, but even that feel a bit too much at certain points along the way.

Bottom Line – Mediocre story about a family of loggers in Oregon that is helped by a very impressive cast but even they can’t keep this story interesting the entire time.  The way that the story unfolds generally works and we get a sense of familial camaraderie between the characters no matter the difficulties and hardships that they must face together. Jaeckel was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the main optimist of the characters who helps keep the story from feeling too gloomy.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was the first movie ever shown on HBO when the service premiered in 1972. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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One thought on “Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)

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