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Thursday, 22 September 2016

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST [1975]

Easily one of the best films of all time, director MiloŇ° Forman's adaptation of Ken Kesey's counterculture novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest deserves all the endless accolades it receives.
A free-spirited hoodlum pleads insanity in order to serve his sentence in the mental hospital rather than endure hard labor on the prison farm.
A microscopic study of the deinstitutionalization of it's time and many of the questionable institutional processes that went through, the tale also reflects the madness of society and what might be the best way to find control within it.  A clash of cultural and behavioral beliefs make for some of the best character moments from stars Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, who I believe are at their absolute best here.   Graced with humor, thoughtfulness and wonderful performances all around, Cuckoo's Nest is an off-kilter melodrama that despite being over 40 years old, still makes some great points that are as significant as they were yesterday.

5 day-trips without the day-passes out of 5

3 comments:

budarc said...

An absolute classic. I've always wondered if this is where you derive your namesake from.

cuckoo said...

XD It's not where my name comes from but it should be.

The title of the story even comes from a nursery rhyme that also talks about dirty trout. It's like they knew I was coming along sooner or later.

Neg said...

Thank you for getting this done!

Childe Randle (P. McMURPHY) from the PENDLETON Work Farm came~

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