One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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Avg Rating: 4.6 / 5. Voted: 119

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Directed by: Milos Forman
Starring: Jack Nicholson (Randle McMurphy), Louise Fletcher (Nurse Mildred Ratched), Will Sampson (Chief), Brad Dourif (Bibbit), William Redfield (Dale Harding), Danny DeVito (Martini), Sydney Lassick (Cheswick), Christopher Lloyd (Max), Marya Small (Candy), Nathan George (Washington), Scatman Crothers (Turkle)
Country: United States
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 02:13:32
Genres: Mental Illness

Plot – Spoilers:
Randle McMurphy is sent from a work-farm to a mental institution to be evaluated for looniness. The doctors believe he’s been faking crazy, to be let off the backbreaking work at the farm. Randle himself cockily thinks the institute is an entertaining place to see out his prison sentence among all the crazies, who seem a nice source of voyeuristic fun.

A few things however get in Randle’s way. Nurse Ratched who runs the place seems to be a sadist who enjoys controlling the patients. This triggers Randle who has already begun to feel sympathy and empathy for the inmates. But soon the terrifying reality dawns on Randle – he actually isn’t there to complete his sentence. Rather, he is there for the system to decide whether he can ever be a free man again.

One of the greatest films ever made, with near-perfect everything, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a tragic illustration of being broken.

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