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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by Milos Forman (Director)

Other authors: Michael Douglas (Producer), Louise Fletcher (Actor), Jack Nicholson, Jack Nicholson (Actor), Saul Zaentz (Producer)

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An apparently sane convict is transferred to a mental hospital.

One of my biggest movie pet-peeves is the Nurse Ratched character: the unrelatable villain who exists for the sole purpose of committing gross injustices against innocent characters, thereby uniting the easily manipulated members of the audience with the protagonist in their common hatred of something absurdly easy to hate - the Nazi Commanders or the Wicked Step Mothers of the fictional world. It's really a testament to how great this movie is that even though it's the quintessential example of that type of character device, it still works, and I don't roll my eyes even a little.

Concept: A
Story: B
Characters: B
Dialog: A
Pacing: A
Cinematography: C
Special effects/design: A
Acting: A
Music: C

Enjoyment: A

GPA: 3.4/4 ( )
  comfypants | Jan 27, 2016 |
The first time I saw this I left the theater unable to speak. It's the movie that made Nicholson a star, full surprises, with the coldest villain in movies and a very powerful ending.. The original music is almost unearthly, and it haunted me for years. Based on Ken Kesey's excellent novel, which is different in very significant ways, not the least of which is the point of view. The end of the book lacks the drama of the movie, but there's a lot more to it. ( )
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Forman, MilosDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Douglas, MichaelProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fletcher, LouiseActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nicholson, Jacksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nicholson, JackActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zaentz, SaulProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This is the film adaptation, directed by Miloš Forman, not the original 1962 novel by Ken Kesey, and not the 1963 stage adaptation by Dale Wasserman. Please be careful not to combine with either of these.
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One of the key movies of the 1970s, when exciting, groundbreaking, personal films were still being made in Hollywood, Milos Forman's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest emphasized the humanistic story at the heart of Ken Kesey's more hallucinogenic novel. Jack Nicholson was born to play the part of Randle Patrick McMurphy, the rebellious inmate of a psychiatric hospital who fights back against the authorities' cold attitudes of institutional superiority, as personified by Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). It's the classic antiestablishment tale of one man asserting his individuality in the face of a repressive, conformist system--and it works on every level. Forman populates his film with memorably eccentric faces, and gets such freshly detailed and spontaneous work from his ensemble that the picture sometimes feels like a documentary. Unlike a lot of films pitched at the "youth culture" of the 1970s, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest really hasn't dated a bit, because the qualities of human nature that Forman captures--playfulness, courage, inspiration, pride, stubbornness--are universal and timeless. The film swept the Academy Awards for 1976, winning in all the major categories (picture, director, actor, actress, screenplay) for the first time since Frank Capra's It Happened One Night in 1931. --Jim Emerson

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The story of a man whose rebelliousness pits him against the head nurse of a mental ward and the full spectrum of institutional repression.

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