One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
In 1975 director Milos Forman met with screenplay writers Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman; thus creating the critically acclaimed and groundbreaking film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; with the aid of several crew members and a star studded cast including such greats as Jack Nicholson (R.P. McMurphy), Danny Devito (Martini), and Christopher Lloyd (Taber) in his debut film. Winner of five Academy Awards, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has both masterful direction and editing as well as superb acting. R.P. McMurphy is a free-spirited, middle-aged man who tries to con the system by claiming he’s mentally ill so to avoid prison time. Immediately he makes his presence known, and starts trouble in all the wrong places. Gambling rings, rowdy and rambunctious behavior, non-approved fishing trips, and overnight parties just to mention a few. During his stay he builds close relationships with most of the other patients, especially Chief Broman; while making enemies with the staff, in particular, the head nurse. Possibly one of the most chilling and heartless villains to ever grace the screen, Mrs. Ratched rules her patients with an iron fist. She clearly takes advantage of the power she has, and likes the structured daily routine. When McMurphy finally can’t take the oppressive tyranny any longer he plans one last hurrah before his departure. He sneaks in women and alcohol, and wakes up all the patients in hopes to show them a good time. After much drunken debauchery they pass out before he can leave; when he wakes there is a disgruntle Mrs. Ratched to answer to. After a series of graphic and ruthless events McMurphy tries to strangle the life from Mrs. Ratched and is detained. Later we see Chief Broman lying in bed, and then two men assisting McMurphy into his bed. When Chief sneaks over and tells McMurphy that he is finally ready to leave, he notices two rather large incisions located on the top of his head. Completely...
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