Category Archives: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Milos Forman: From a bug bite in war-torn Czechoslovakia to the Cuckoo’s Nest

There is one thing every single actor, director, and movie person have in common; they were all bitten by this certain “bug.” This results in an insatiable itch to do whatever it takes to make it in the movie business.

As a researcher for Movies on My Mind, I spend many hours reading about movie makers and never fail to learn when and how they get bitten by this peculiar “bug.”

Milos Forman, bitten by the bug

This month’s movie is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and its director, Milos Forman, is my assignment. I knew I was making progress when I came across the very moment Forman knew he was going to dedicate his working life to the film industry. Continue reading Milos Forman: From a bug bite in war-torn Czechoslovakia to the Cuckoo’s Nest

Evil Nurse Ratched

Let me just say this first—Jack Nicholson’s performance in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is absolutely mesmerizing. His astonishing portrayal of R.P. McMurphy is a reason One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest stays with you long afterwards.

Nurse Ratched, the character that actress Louise Fletcher made bigger than the movie itself, is another reason this movie stays long in your mind. I knew Nurse Ratched Continue reading Evil Nurse Ratched

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the Crimes of Insanity

Was the film a metaphor about society? . . . To which Forman replies, it was more ‘a metaphor for any kind of modern society today,’ as it revealed ‘how far has the power the right to crush an individual who is questioning the rules.’
—Gallagher, Dangerous Minds

Do we call them “crimes of insanity” when associating crimes involving illegal drug use and criminal behavior? Does anyone ever think about One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and associate that movie with the American ’60s counterculture? Ken Kesey, author of the novel from which the movie was adapted (1963) , was a Stanford student and an acid-head during the days of Haight-Ashbury and Woodstock. Would knowing that change your perspective on what he communicated? . . . or why? Continue reading One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the Crimes of Insanity