English: (Released in 1975)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is always a fresh view,regardless of whether you’ve seen it before, never fails to blow you away, any geekish list you may have created in your head becomes all muddled up as Jack Nicholson’s greatest performance to date carries one of the most spectacular and thought provoking movies ever made.
This film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry.This film was shown in Swedish cinemas between 1975 and 1987 — twelve years, which is still a record.
Believe it or not, this is also Michael Douglas first production attempt and what a classic this turned to be!!
Direction: Miloš Forman; Produced: Saul Zaentz & Michael Douglas
Casting: Jack Nicholson as Randle McMurphy; Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched; William Redfield as Dale Harding; Will Sampson as “Chief” Bromden; Brad Dourif as Billy Bibbit; Sydney Lassick as Charlie Cheswick; Danny DeVito as Martini; Christopher Lloyd as Max Taber
Randall Patrick McMurphy: He is the main character. When he comes to the mental hospital, he shakes things up. He has lived a normal life being loud and obnoxious, and not taking take crap from anybody. He is a hero to the other crazy patients, because he teaches them how to act sane. He dies in the end.
Chief Bromden: He narrates this book even though he doesn’t talk or interact much with anyone. The only guy who can break him out of his shell is McMurphy. He is in the mental hospital because he thinks machines are out to get him. He is a big guy, like 6’7″.
Nurse Ratched: She is the head nurse in the crazy ward. She is a big bitch. She is a control freak and plays mind games with the patients so they fear her and listen to her.
Billy Bibbit: He is a dude that has mental problems. He also stutters. He is 30 and hasn’t lost his virginity. He feels like a boy. McMurphy gets him a prostitute and Billy finally gets some. He gets in trouble and kills himself out of shame.
Dale Harding: He is a patient and a very smart dude. He is President of the Patients council. He is in a mental hospital because of his sexual problems. He is effeminate and his wife thinks he’s gay. He is cured because of McMurphy’s influence and leaves the hospital.
An adaptation of the 1962 novel “One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey. He wrote this during his experience like any other normal American living and back then in times of 60’s, he consumed a bunch of drugs and traveled all over, exploring and doing wayward things. He was arrested a couple times. All of this had an impact on this novel. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest takes place in Oregon. The title comes from a children’s rhyme: “One flew east, one flew west, and one flew over the cuckoo’s nest.” Also, cuckoo means crazy, like the mental patients in this book. The authors blistering attack on American society as viewed through an insane asylum where R.P. McMurphy (a career-best Jack Nicholson) is sent for “evaluation treatment”.
Cuckoo’s Nest is repeatedly called one of the greatest movies in the history of American cinema and the human emotions epitomize man’s thrust for life and here” “I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they?” ………….
Ken Kesey’s hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents. Nurse Ratched, back by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Nurse Ratched uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story’s shocking climax.
This movie was the first to win all five major Academy Awards, since Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night to sweep the big five Oscars (director, screenplay, actor, actress, film), Cuckoo’s Nest remains an unlikely and inspiring triumph of human spirits
The dream-like novel was considered unfilmable, the co-producer was a TV actor with a famous dad, the Czech director was still largely unknown outside Europe and every ‘name’ actress in Hollywood had turned down the role of callous Nurse Ratched. And yet, as soon as Jack Nicholson signed on the dotted line, everything fell into place.
The movie also illustrates human psychology to the maneuver of sexual repression & sexual freedom: Independence & Acquiescence; Fear & experience; Mind & matter; Group Mentality & Individualism & also the origin of violence…….
Just as this movie’s visual imprint is simply a masterpiece and as uninterrupted as it is amusing and moving, it’s a stroke of genius of intense naturalism.