Writer: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman (Screenplay) Ken Kesey (Novel)
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif, Michael Berryman, Will Sampson
Plot: A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
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Verdict: Masterpiece Classic
Story: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starts as we see R.P. McMurphy (Nicholson) entering into the mental institute and on the ward run by Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). On the world McMurphy meets all the patient that all have different problems but McMurphy runs his mouth with his confident mood that sees him trying to help the fellow patience including Martini (DeVito), Taber (Lloyd), Billy Bibbit (Dourif) and Chief Bromden (Sampson).
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one of the all-time classics that has avoided me for years, I have no idea why it has taken be this long to watch but is has now happened. Going into this film I knew the ending which wants the best thing to know but the building up to that was something I was unaware off. I found that the time in the institute really works well because we see how the time spent in the institute we see how McMurphy tries to help patients. In the end this is one of the best films ever made which is why it really it still stands the test of time 41 years later.
Jack Nicholson: R.P. McMurphy is a criminal that claimed insanity ending him up in the mental institute, we clearly see that he shouldn’t be in the ward but because he is committed he sees this as an easy way out only to find out that it isn’t going to be an easy trip. While in the ward he is tries to help the actual patient with their problems getting through to them on a level the doctors never could. Jack gives his best performance of his career that rightfully won the Oscar.
Louise Fletcher: Nurse Ratched runs the ward that McMurphy finds himself on, she has all her patient in line but when McMurphy arrives her life becomes difficult as she clashes with him, she actually stands up for keeping McMurphy in her ward but she has an alternative motive behind this choice. Louise is brilliant in this role where she won the Oscar.
Danny DeVito: Martini is one of the patient that McMurphy helps, he comes off as the one man that looks up to McMurphy as a big brother learning all his bad habits. Danny shows that he going onto be a bigger star in the future.
Christopher Lloyd: Taber is one of the fellow committed patients in the ward, he is one of the men that McMurphy starts to help as we see him change over time. Christopher is great in this supporting role.
Brad Dourif: Billy Bibbit is one of the patients that has a nervous side that tries to learn about to put that uncertain side about him behind him. Brad gave us a brilliant supporting role that got him an Oscar nomination.
Will Sampson: Chief Bromden is the patient that everyone thinks is deaf and dumb, but with McMurphy trying to bring him out his shell by talking to him as a human rather than a problem we get to see what he is all about. Will gives us the most interesting character in the film as the silent man early on.
Support Cast: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has a brilliant supporting cast that all shine through the film.
Director Review: Milos Forman – Milos gave us one of the best films ever made.
Drama: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will always be one of the best dramas of all time.
Settings: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest keeps most of the film inside the Mental home but the one time outside really works to shows us the different life the men could have.
Suggestion: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one that everyone should watch. (Watch)
Best Part: Performances.
Worst Part: Nothing.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: Won 5 Oscars
Box Office: $112 Million
Budget: $4.4 Million
Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes
Tagline: If he’s crazy, what does that make you?
Overall: One of the true all time classics from Hollywood