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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Roger Davidson

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Based on Ken Kesey's classic novel, this feature looks at life in a mental institution from the viewpoint of the great anti-hero, Randale Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson). As Nicholson attempts to liven things up around his gloomy surroundings, he's always stopped dead in his tracks by the tyrannical Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

Filmed with eloquent ease by Milos Forman, this is an extremely good adaptation of Kesey's book, with a cast of mostly unknowns (with two superb lead performances by Nicholson and Fletcher). Forman captures the anarchic spirit of the novel, as well as show us the workings of a truly destructive system. Nicholson and Forman earned their Academy awards, as did Fletcher (who never again got a role as good as the hateful Nurse).

My Rating = Four Stars

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