This is, without doubt, one of the greatest movies ever produced. Milos Forman won best director for his magnificent work on the adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel by the same name. But this movie is so much more than that. The acting was flawless - considering the roles, that is not an easy feat. In the beginning we meet Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) who was sentenced to prison for inappropriate relations with a fourteen year old, finds his way onto a work release program. He finds himself an out with poor workmanship and deranged behavior - he is transferred to a mental institution and believes his sentence will be easier served. After all, he just has to lay back and act like a nut. But this is easier said than done, as he quickly discovers playing a simple game of basketball. Aside from maintaining his sanity, he meets his head ward at the institute Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), who won best actress, plays her role flawlessly.
The mild mannered yet unrelenting head nurse becomes McMurphy main antagonist as he bets the other patients that he (McMurphy) can get under Ms. Ratched's bonnet (meaning drive her crazy) What does he have to lose? once his sentence is completed he is out of there. Of course, what McMurphy doesn't know is that his release can only come from the approval of the institute - Ms. Ratched has the power to keep him there indefinitely. It doesn't take McMurphy long to realize that he's never going to be released so he ends up forming friendships with the other patients.
The group includes Billy Bibbit (Brad Dourif), a suicidal, stuttering and helpless young man whom Ratched has humiliated and dominated, and "Chief" Bromden (Will Sampson), believed by the patients to be deaf and unable to speak, Chief is mostly ignored but also respected for his enormous size. In Billy, McMurphy sees a younger brother figure whom he wants to teach to have fun, while the Chief ultimately becomes his only real confidant, as they both see their struggles against authority in similar terms. Aside from some misadventures, ( hijacking a bus, a boat, and a rendezvous on the city streets) everything goes accordingly until one fateful night. McMurphy sneaks into the nurse's office and calls his girlfriend. After a successful bribe of the guard she sneaks into the asylum and all heck breaks loose. I will leave it there, but there is a reason this movie won all major awards and swept the Oscars. With actors such as: Jack Nicholson, Scatman Crothers, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Vincent Schiavelli and Sydney Lassick this is one movie that will earn a place unto your favs. list.
If I recall correctly, Kirk Douglas tried for many years to produce a film based on Ken Kesey's novel. He failed but son Michael succeeded and as its producer, accepted the Academy Award for the best film of 1975. Nicholson and Fletcher also received Oscars for best actor and best actress, respectively. The focal point of the film is, of course, Randle P. McMurphy (Nicholson) who may or may not deserve to be confined in an insane asylum ruled (in effect) by nurse Mildred Ratched (Fletcher). When … more
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Milos Foreman's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, based on the novel by Ken Kesey and the play by Dale Wasserman, presents a biting and ultimately tragic satire about mental institutions and the human spirit. A disturbing, witty, and electrifying drama, the film won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Picture. R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a misbehaved con who shirks authority, finds himself in an asylum after faking insanity to get out of work detail in prison. The vivacious troublemaker soon finds himself in a worse kind of prison--one presided over by the repressed, terrifyingly quiet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), whose set of rules and regulations are meant to suppress patients' psychotic outbursts, and their spirits. It's not long before McMurphy is reaching out to his new inmates, trying desperately to bring life to an otherwise dead atmosphere. To Ratched, however, Nicholson's free spirit is as dangerous as a schizophrenic impulse. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is brilliantly acted by an ensembl...