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Thursday, February 3, 2011

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Director: Milos Forman
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Michael Berryman, Mwako Cumbuka, Danny DeVito

Jack Nichloson is indeed one of the best in business. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is another testimony to this fact--it is a cinematic masterpiece. So, no wonders it garnered all the top five Academies in 1975. One Flew... is prime example of a film where every single cast member gives it all in possession.

 Plot: Randle (Jack) fakes craziness to avoid harsh punishment and as planned ends up in a mental institute. But, he didn't plan anything for strict nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

It has to be watched to enjoy the intricacies in role-play of all the characters. From my personal point of view character of  Nurse Ratched has been hugely misinterpreted by most cine goers--as a dictator. On the contrary, she is a dedicated and hardworking woman who takes her job very seriously.
In a mental-asylum if you are not like nurse Ratched then sooner or later you will end-up a cuckoo! I am pretty sure Director didn't try portray her in gray shade, it's something the audience assume. And why would not they because in here lies the genius of the director!

Those who hate/fear Ratched are generally 'crazies' and by the time strangling scene appears we are all rooting for Randle (Nichloson) who is in-fact a criminal and should be behind bars! However, we all want the dedicated nurse to suffer, or even die, and Randle to go out scot-free! As for Billy's death: If you are going to blame Ratched for that, then please recall he was already a mentally unstable person and such an event is very much a possibility.

Agreed she looks a bit cold-hearted which can be attributed to her long years at the hospital. Anyways, a cheerful nurse Ratched would not have done the trick, but branding her a downright dictator is too far fetched.

There are so many other fabulous performances by the likes of Danny deVito (Martini), Will Sampson (chief Bromden)--who was a local businessman not an actor, etc.

Kudos to the director for his magnificent work. This is a definite must watch for all.


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