Chief and McMurphy
Milos Foreman’s film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest was developed from Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The screenwriters of the film are Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman. In One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Chief and McMurphy develop a close relationship during the escape scene, while in the ward during and after the craze with Cheswick wanting the cigarettes, and the final scene.
First of all, Chief is a colossal, Native American patient who pretends to be deaf, and is in the mental ward where McMurphy is sent. McMurphy is a Korean War POW who has been sent to the ward because he pretended to be crazy to serve the rest of his prison sentence in the ward and not prison. In the scene where McMurphy escapes there is initially a close up shot of McMurphy through the ward gate showing that he is trapped in the ward. Then there is a shot from medium range showing McMurphy trying to escape while climbing on Chief’s shoulders to get to the top of the gate to escape. Following that there is a tilt shot where McMurphy is being tracked as he climbs the fence and jumps to the ground from the tree just outside the gate. McMurphy then decides to stay and take those out who don’t have to stay on the ward grounds all day long.
Secondly, Chief and McMurphy’s relationship is further developed in the scene when Cheswick asks Nurse Ratched what has happened to their cigarettes. This scene starts with a meeting amongst all the patients and Cheswick keeps interrupting Nurse Ratched, while going crazy and wanting to know what happened to their cigarettes. There are many reverse shots while Nurse Ratched and Cheswick are discussing what happened to the patients’ cigarettes. The scene finally starts getting chaotic when Harding’s cigarette is being thrown around amongst all the patients in the ward and ending up in Max Taber’s pant leg. The cigarette ends up burning a hole through his pant leg and burning his ankle. While all this...
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