One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

by missizziemcguinness

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Which one of you nuts has got any guts?

A compelling movie directed by Milos Forman starring Jack Nicholson who plays a man named Randle P. Murphy who checks into a mental asylum following the charge of raping of an under-age girl. He comes in fairly sane, demanding to watch the World Series and soon he was attempting to oppress the head nurse and turning slowly insane like the other patients.

The absence of corny narration and considering that Cuckoo’s nest was done nearly forty years ago makes it have that psychological questioning effect on you. If it was done now, it wouldn’t have that effect because most of the actors are now dead and classic films like this cannot be redone in the same way. On the other hand, it’s the sort of film where you either get it, or you don’t. It’s not exactly my cup of tea, in fact I didn’t really get most of it, aside from the obvious manipulation that the Nurse Ratched gives to the patients on the ward, mostly those who are weaker such as Billy who stammers, or the silent Native American. 

There were a fair amount of actors that I recognized in the movie, such as Back To The Future’s Christopher Lloyd, Jack Nicholson  obviously and Vincent Schiavelli (he played the Subway Ghost in Ghost), so it wasn’t as if it was a random film that I decided to watch. It was certainly gripping to watch and sad at times. There was the question throughout, do you really want to check your sanity or are you really insane? 

Rating: 3/5

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