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40 years of preventable deaths
- Jeff Boston
Jack Nicholson was never better (well deserved Oscar) than in this policy shifting film that stands up for human dignity. It also shows the difference that one movie can make, for what started in the sixties (when the book was released) became all but mandated after 1975 (when the film was released) - letting the loons out of the asylums, all in the name of freedom, and making it very hard to put anyone back in one. Such sentimentalism is a great example of the old adage "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" for too many of our nation's citizens have been victimized for decades now by mass murderers who almost always have one thing in common: mental illness. Such is the legacy of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest."
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
- Dashiell Barnes
Only one of three films to win the five major Academy Awards. A petty crook's ambitions of doing easy time in a mental institution are crushed by a battle-axe nurse. Nicholson won his first Academy Award as the lively McMurphy, Fletcher won the Best Actress award as the sadistic Nurse Ratched & Dourif was nominated for his supporting performance. Along with the Best Picture prize, the film also won for Forman's direction & for the writer's who adapted Kesey's novel, which deals with conformity, individuality & sanity. A humanistic & mesmerizing drama. I give it a 5/5.
In the early 1960's, experiments with hallucinatory drugs like mescaline, lsd, bmt, peyote, psylicybin ect. were given to university volunteers for studies as their therapeutic use in treating mental illness. Author Kesey was one such volunteer and his experience's while on these drugs inspired this story.
Great Movie...Great Ending
- Kurt B.
One of the Greatest movies I have ever seen, I haven't read the book because it's hard to find, but the movie was incredible, Im not going to reveal the ending because it is the 2nd best ending I have ever seen, It was sad yet heartwarming, check it out.
- william gauslow
When nurse Rachett confronts Billy Bibitt with his mothers knowledge of the wild night. Taught me to distrust women for a long time. Calling it a catholic event is pretty accurate.
Cross section of society
This film offers a small segment of our society - the fringe and marginalized. Not only is this a wonderful film, the performances leave the viewer with eyes wide and jaw dropped to the floor.
This film in some way scared me and later I discovered why--it was nurse Ratchet, she reminded of the Catholic nuns that taught me in the forties. I thought about it and realized that I had no memory of any of those nuns smiling, sometimes though there was a forcd smile. When you consider that they were dealing with little children, that is odd. I must admit though, I would go back to Catholic grade school again ---there is no education like a Catholic education, period.
The real story is sad
- Jack The Hat
I had an uncle who spent most of his life in a real mental institution and died there. I would vist him often and on and I can also attest that mental institutions are anything but funny.
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
- Jay Higgins
This is an amazing film. Milos Foreman does a brilliant job directing it. Jack Nicholson gives one of his finest performances of his career, Louise Fletcher does A SENSATIONAL JOB AS NURSE RATCHET. She manages to be a cold butch and to have a human side too. One of the best films from the 1970's. Every cast member is great.
I don't get it...
Why is this released on DVD with extras, while Sometimes a Great Notion is left to the ghosts of VHS?This movie is great too, of course (though Kesey himself preferred Newman's handling of SAGN better, but I digress).Nicholson at his finest, not to mention the rest of the loonies.