MOVIE REVIEW: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” stars Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt, Chinatown), Louise Fletcher (Cruel Intentions, Brainstorm), Will Sampson (The Outlaw Josey Whales, Orca), Brad Dourif (Wise Blood, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), William Redfield (As the World Turns, Death Wish), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Clue), Sydney Lassick (Man on the Moon, Carrie ), Danny DeVito (War of the Roses, Batman Returns), Vincent Shiavelli (Tomorrow Never Dies, Amadeus), Scatman Cothers (The Shining, The AristroCats), Mews Small (Sleeper, American Pop), Dean R. Brooks, and Delos V. Smith Jr. (Silver Streak, Bound for Glory). Based on the book of the same name, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is about a typical ward for the mentally ill which is overseen by Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). Everything is going her way: the patients take their pills, they have meetings, and everything is kept in order. That is until Randall McMurphy (Nicholson) comes into the picture. Because he wanted to get out of his work farm for doing crimes, he fakes being crazy, sending him to the psychiatric ward. When he gets there he makes friends among the patients like Billy Bibbit (Dourif), Cheswick (Lassick), Harding (Redfield), Martini (DeVito), Taber (Lloyd), Scanlon (Smith Jr.), and Chief Bromden (Sampson). He brings spirit into the ward, prompting his friends to come out of their shells of conformity and making their own decisions, going against the system that Nurse Ratched has created.
I read the book a year prior and was very interested. Because of that I wanted to watch the movie, which won out the biggest awards in the Oscars in 1975 as well as starred actors I knew. I had high expectations for this film and they were met after I watched it. The story was great going almost exactly with the book. It was funny, dramatic, and emotional all in one. The big thing that this movie gave was a theme to relate to for people. It was the age of the anti-hero and the overall message of the film was that you don’t have to conform to a system, especially when you are afraid. Another thing that this movie gave off strongly was the characters. The acting was phenomenal, portraying the characters I had envisioned in my head when I read the book. The movie made you feel for these characters and sent you on an unforgettable journey with them, getting you involved in their situations. I was completely hooked onto this movie the moment it started. Of course it had its rough patches were it got slow, but overall it was done fantastically. The ending was one of the things I had a problem with the film. I have mixed feelings for it. It is a sad ending which I’m on the edge if I’m satisfied with it or not, but then again it was written the same way in the book so I can’t slam the movie for following the book. Other than those things this movie did justice to the book as well as any movie watcher who hasn’t read it. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a classic as well as a message for all generations to come. FINAL SCORE: 98%= Juicy Popcorn
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