Frank Capua is a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the big one--the Indianapolis 500. But to get there he runs the risk of losing his wife Elora to his rival, Luther ... See full summary »
Hank Stamper and his father, Henry Stamper own and operate the family business by cutting and shipping logs in Oregon. The town is furious when they continue working despite the town going broke and the other loggers go on strike ordering the Stampers to stop, however Hank continues to push his family on cutting more trees. Hank's wife wishes he would stop and hopes that they can spend more time together. When Hank's half trouble making brother Leland comes to work for them, more trouble starts. Written by
I consider Ken Kesey's novel to be one of the 10 best works of contemporary American fiction. There are fatal flaws in this attempt to bring it to the screen and there are triumphs in nuance because the screen writer was writing just a few years after Kesey wrote about the pressures and social dynamic that separated people born just a few years apart like Hank and Leland.
Kesey devoted several pages to the difference between Leland and Hank. The screenwriter has the luxury of having Leland being asked, "What's with the hair?"
His response. " It grows." Sums up what Kesey knew was happening and what everyone knew had happened by the time the movie was made.
I give this movie an 8 because in every scene it is obvious that the actors read and loved the novel as much as I did.
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