Directed by: Milos Forman
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louis Fletcher
As we get ready for the Oscar’s on February 24, 2019, I wanted to look back at past winners that I really liked. The Academy not always gets it right and in truth, it all depends on the taste of the person, for some a film can be good to another really bad. For instance, the movie Rome, for me it is a bad movie, but apparently to many people, it’s a great movie. But regarding this blog, I want to start this look back with this Academy Award-winning film: One flew over the cuckoo’s nest. The film went on to win the 5 mayor categories, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress for Nicholson and Fletcher, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The film starts with Randle McMurphy (played by Nicholson) getting transferred from prison to a mental institution. He was not really mentally ill, he just thought he would have a better time in there than prison and serve there the remaining years of his prison sentence. What he did not know was that in the mental institution he could not be released until the doctor decided he could be released, not when the prison term ended. McMurphy really stirs up the place by rebelling against the evil nurse Ratched played by Fletcher. The movie revolves around the patients and how Randle challenges them to not conform to their mental state or the rules of the place, especially when some of them were free to leave anytime they wanted.
The film is really powerful and it’s one of those films where everything works. From the music score to the performances, it all blends together so perfectly. I first saw this movie when I was too young to really understand it but was captivated by the film. Years later, I saw it again and was completely blown away. One thing that really affected me was the nurse, maybe she had their best interest at heart, but she was doing more harm than good. Louis Fletcher played the role so brilliantly, she really appears as if she believes she is absolutely right in all the character does with the patients. The final scene of the movie it’s so amazing and beautifully shot. I believe any movie fan really needs to see this film because it is one of the best movies ever!
Of course, this is one of Nicholson greatest performances, and he has done many amazing roles. Winning his first Oscar he is simply amazing as McMurphy and really carries this film from start to finish. The movie has other actors who would become famous later on, like Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd. The book inspired the classic Metallica song “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” from their Master of Puppets album.