One Flew over the Cuckoo\'s Nest


„One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest“ is Milos Forman’s film adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy, played spectacularly by Jack Nicholson, is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a strange crew of mostly volunteer inmates, including silent Native American Chief Bromden (Will Sampson), mama’s boy Billy (Brad Dourif) and the icy Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).


Nurse Ratched and McMurphy are each other’s exact opposites; with Ratched, everything is about discipline, but McMurphy just lives as he pleases, dismantling the system. McMurphy starts changing everyone’s everyday lives by different means, ranging from a basketball game to an afternoon boat trip and a tragic after-hours party with hookers and alcohol. Nurse Ratched, however, has the law and power on her side to ensure that McMurphy will not defeat her. Still, McMurphy’s message to live free or die is not lost on one inmate, proving that escape is possible even from the most extreme conditions.


“One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is so well directed, that it seems to have the magical power of not aging. It involves some dramatic scenes and some hilarious ones, including McMurphy’s ride on Chief Bromden’s shoulders and McMurphy discovering that most of his inmates are legally sane.


The movie has received 27 awards altogether, including 5 Academy Awards (best picture, best adapted screenplay, best director, best actress and best actor) so it is definitely worth seeing.