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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Title: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Directed by:
Milos Forman
Written by:
Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Ken Kesey
Year: 1975

Good films manage to engage my emotions in some way, but great films manage to engage them in many, often altogether contradictory ways. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is such a film. It tells the story of McMurphy, a criminal who is transferred to a mental institution in order to assess the state of his mental health. While there, he becomes entangled in the personal and social problems of the other patients. He also clashes with the stifling Nurse Ratched. McMurphy brings something new to the institution, he is a kind of Pandora’s Box out of which springs both good and evil.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won five major Academy Awards, something I can easily understand. Apart from being a film that affects me on an emotional level, the portrayals of some of the main characters are perfectly brilliant (I think especially of McMurphy himself, played by Jack Nicholson; but also of the tyrant Nurse Ratched, played byLouise Fletcher). The composition of the story also works fine with no dull episodes, and with several unforgettable moments (so it feels at present, at least). It is a film which moves quickly from joy to sadnsess, but never ceases to entertain.

By way of conclusion, I would like to say that few films make me feel for the characters the way One Flew Over the Cuckoos’s Nest does. The film is great allover and even though it is not the eigth greatest film I have ever seen, I have no trouble understanding why it has earned that position on IMDB’s list.

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  1. Dnalor’s avatar

    Boken är också bra!


  2. Martin’s avatar

    Rätt tyckt! Det är nionde! Hade jag haft tillgång till mina artiklar hade jag länkat till min recension. :)