Original Australian Daybill Poster Never Give An Inch
Never Give An Inch (also known as Sometimes A Great Notion) is a 1971 American drama film directed by Paul Newman and starring Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Remick. The cast also includes Richard Jaeckel in an Academy Award-nominated performance. The screenplay by John Gay is based on the 1964 novel of the same name by Ken Kesey, the first of his books to be adapted for the screen. Filmed in western Oregon during the summer of 1970, it was released over a year later in December 1971. Sam Peckinpah and Budd Boetticher had expressed interest in bringing Ken Kesey's novel to the screen but Richard A. Colla was signed to direct the film. Colla left the project after 5 weeks shooting due to "artistic differences over photographic concept," as well as a required throat operation. At the same time, Paul Newman broke his ankle, and the production shut down on July 29. As co-executive producer, Newman considered replacing Colla with George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy fame), who declined the offer, so when filming resumed two weeks later, Newman was directing as well as acting. The film's theme song, "All His Children", with music by Henry Mancini, is performed by Charley Pride and was nominated for an Oscar. Newman’s directing was well received by critics.