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Sometimes a Great Notion Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Marshall Fine

Paul Newman, an American original, would seem to be the perfect choice to direct a film adaptation of the second novel by another American original--Ken Kesey. But Kesey's novel, written under the influence of both LSD and growing fame, was a mishmash, and Newman's film can't rescue it. It also seems strange to see the ultraliberal Newman starring as a strike-busting logger who honors a contract on principle, rather than observe union concerns, bringing all sorts of misery down on his family. Henry Fonda is interesting as Newman's father, but the film never finds its footing. One killer sequence, however: Richard Jaeckel, as Newman's brother, trapped under a log in a river, slowly drowning despite Newman's best efforts to save him.

Academy Awards

Sometimes a Great Notion received Academy Awards nominations for Supporting Actor (Richard Jaeckel) and Music Best Song (Henry Mancini - Music, Alan Bergman - Lyrics, Marilyn Bergman - Lyrics).

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Buy this VHS movie from Amazon.com! (Click here!)DVD unavailableSoundtrack unavailable at Amazon.com - try eBay (see links below)Rated PGNot on an American Film Institute 100 list

Director: Paul Newman

Stars: Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin

Released: November 16, 1971

Availability: VHS


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