Sometimes a Great Notion
Movies weave in and out of my life and past, connected to events and people I have known. Sometimes the place or time I have seen a film leaves an incredible mark and that movie represents much more than I ever thought it would.
I watched Sometimes a Great Notion not long ago and a second time this past week. The film was directed by Paul Newman from the lesser known novel by Ken Kesey (who also wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). The cast includes Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Richard Jaekel, and Michael Sarrazin. The story concerns a logging family (led by Fonda) in conflict with themselves and a town of strikers. Sarrazin plays a long-lost hippie brother who comes home and stirs of the pot even more. They all struggle to bring in a big contract of wood and hold onto the traditions…
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