One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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9.1/10

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is about a criminal, McMurphy, that pleads insane after getting into trouble. Once he is in the insane asylum, he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies the inmates.

This movie was incredible. This is now my favorite Jack Nicholson performance. All of the characters and performances in the movie were great. You even get to see some guys that you probably know better for different roles like Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito. This is definitely one of the best movies I’ve ever seen and totally recommend you watch it.

==Spoilers==

 

McMurphy calling the baseball game from his memory was amazing. Even though it was an almost meaningless scene, it really stuck with me. Jack Nicholson totally could have made it as a sports commentator if he hadn’t made it as an actor.

A super small part that really made me laugh was when the patients were playing Monopoly and Martini started to eat the game pieces. Looks like Frank had donkey brains after all.

Chief was an all-star center. Dude could have rivaled the likes of Bill Russell or Kareem. Sure, pinching the net and pushing the ball back out might not be technically¬†legal in the game of basketball but I’m sure it would have been fine. The rest of the team of inmates though? It looked like Jack Nicholson jumped out of his court side seats and hopped into a game with the current Lakers team.

The Juicy Fruit placement in the middle of the movie was a bit ridiculous, but I’ll let it slide. I mean, come on, Chief talks for the first time in the movie and one of the first things he says are “Mmm, Juicy Fruit.”

I was starting to get worried for McMurphy when they gave him the electroshock therapy. For a second, I thought they were going to fry his brain and it was about to be all over for him.

McMurphy getting the lobotomy at the end really caught me off guard and made me feel something while watching a movie for the first time in a long time. I really thought he was going to escape. Every time he missed his chance I thought to myself “He’ll still manage to make it out of there” but when they took away his ability to do anything, I knew it was over.

Chief killing McMurphy was a great way to end it. They became friends and McMurphy made Chief confident again. Chief wasn’t just going to let McMurphy be stuck there in bed with the mental capacity of a carrot. They agreed to leave together and in a way, they did.

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