| One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) |
One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest is a must see film, directed by Milos Forman, that shows the oppressive system in a mental institution through the eyes of a newcomer.
Jack Nicholson plays a man called McMurphy who may or may not be mad. No one knows for sure but his criminal record is proof, if proof be needed, that he is a liability to the outside world. Its either the mental institution or jail. He is about to discover just what a horrifying place the institution is. At least in jail you can watch baseball!
There are several great actors, all male, such as Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd and Brad Dourif whose lifes are made to varying degrees, a living hell by Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), one of the most repulsive and evil female villains ever seen and is more of a dictator than a nurse.
But McMurphy won't be swept aside so easily. He will show his comrades what living is all about and after escape, mind rape and suicide have come to pass he will win this battle.
One of the most pro-male films I have ever seen, showing the indomitable spirit of a man who abhors the treatment his brothers suffer and the vulnerability of the men whose fragile minds are ruthlessly messed with by the nurse. The thuggish guards (who are mostly black for some reason) are the nurses' next best weapons next to her voice. Overall, a fantastic movie!
- Reviewed by Mr.Doesn't Give a Damn
Rated: R in USA, 18 in UK, R in Canada due to violence, adult situations and frightening scenes.
Duration: 2 hours and 13 minutes