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Movie : One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

We open with a car travelling in a rural area. We cut to a hospital/institution. A nurse arrives at a ward with the patients just waking up for the day. It’s “Medication Time”. The car we saw travelling pulls up to the hospital and a handcuffed man gets out and is escorted into the facility. This is R P McMurphy and right away he rubs the routine of the hospital the wrong way.. He is going to be evaluated to see if he is mentally ill or faking it just to get out of doing harder time in a prison. He says he’s there to “cooperate 100%”. After the first group session we see that he is not going to go with the flow of the ward which is run by a nurse who has things in a strict order. As we follow McMurphy’s stay we see this is going to be more than him just kicking back and doing his time, he gets into a battle with the head nurse that is more than fun and games. It’s life and death. Consequences that he had no idea were waiting for him. Will he buck the system and come out on top or is he fighting a losing battle? We are there to find out.

I’m sure most you folks have seen this film (if not do yourself a favor and watch it). I won’t go into detail of everything that works for me. Milos Forman directs a very good film. He starts with a strong story from Ken Kesey. He directs it with a sure hand. He creates the environment and puts us in the ward with a great cast of characters that are brought to life from top to bottom. So many standout roles, from the staff to the patients. Not one weak performance. The smallest roles stick with you. Everyone did their homework and went for it.

Jack Nicholson is at the top of his acting game. He has a perfect place to show his strengths as an actor. Not just the clowning, fucking around he does but a deeper character that bites off more than he can chew. He plays it on so many levels. Yeah he likes the guys but he’s about himself. He likes a good fuck, a good fight and to feed his needs. Jack just nails it. You like R P but you know he’s a fuckup. Under the clown is a angry guy and that’s why he’s in jail. No off button. Man does he take us for an emotional ride (along with the story). You were one of the best Jack.

So many good scenes. Some are hard to watch. Lots are very funny. Some are food for thought. None are boring (CB has already done a couple takes on scenes from the movie). The baseball scene, basketball, fishing trip, I could go on. Lots of surprises. Definitely one of my top films. It has aged well. Don’t let me forget the music. The first time I ever heard a saw played. Opening and closing credits. hauntingly beautiful.

Take a flight over the Cuckoos Nest with this good motion picture.

“You’re no crazier than the average asshole out walkin around on the streets”

63 comments on “Movie : One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    April 25, 2021

    Without a doubt CB, a classic in every sense of the word…

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  2. 2loud2oldmusic
    April 25, 2021

    Great, great movie. Jack was awesome. I hadn’t watched the Nurse Ratchet series on Netflix yet (I think it is netflix). Have you seen that one?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 25, 2021

      Agree on your review (I should have used it and saved myself some time)
      Havent seen the series. Probably wont get to it.

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  3. hanspostcard
    April 25, 2021

    One of those movies I can watch every few years- and it never gets old. My favorite Jack movie.. The book it was based on- a great read also.

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  4. Jim S.
    April 25, 2021

    Surprised it took CB so long to get to this one. Another “They don’t make ’em like this anymore” classic. I know CB is not big on awards but it is one of the relatively few to win all five major Oscars. (Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay.) Truly a great film with Jack in his prime. Let us also not forget this was the first time that we – or at least I – ever saw Danny DeVito or Christopher Lloyd, both of whom wound up on the fondly remembered TV show ‘Taxi’ a few years later.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 25, 2021

      It would have been up earlier but I got off of my chronological trip through my viewings a while ago.
      So many great supporting roles. You mentioned a couple. Dourif, Fletcher, Sampson and the two actors that played Harding (Redfield) and Cheswick (Lassick), Then there was Scatman, he’s the best.

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      • Jim S.
        April 25, 2021

        Dourif was good in ‘Wise Blood.’ I went back and see you have a scene rundown on that one. And ‘Mississippi Burning’ too, another great film. Apparently he was in that series ‘Deadwood’ too but I never did see that.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 25, 2021

        Dourif was great in both those films. Never seen Deadwood. He was in Hoppers gang in Blue Velvet. He does good work

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      • J.
        April 27, 2021

        Man, you guys need to get on Deadwood. Would it help if I said it’s my favourite TV show of ever ever?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 27, 2021

        Yes I do. I will be searching it out soon. My Westerns have dried up and your recommendation just pulled the trigger for me.

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      • J.
        April 27, 2021

        I have a feeling you’ll dig it, CB. I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 27, 2021

        I think you have nudged me before. It’s time. I read Pete Dexter’s ‘Deadwood’ and I loved it. I wonder if he had something to do with the show?

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      • J.
        May 1, 2021

        I think I might have… I nudge everyone towards it, cause of how highly I rate it. Brilliantly written and the cast are perfect.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 1, 2021

        Ill let you know when I finally get to watch it. High on the list.

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  5. the press music reviews
    April 25, 2021

    Juicy Fruit. One of the great movies and roles.

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  6. deKE
    April 25, 2021

    Great one to review CB. Gotta love a whacked out Jack!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 25, 2021

      Yes t’s a good one deKE. I love when RP sees he’s created a monster with the patients starting to assert themselves. He should have just done his time but he couldn’t. He was a born shit disturber.

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  7. hotfox63
    April 25, 2021

    “Not A Thing, Doc”… Jack Nicholson at his best. The movie helped to bring some changes in the American psychiatric system. I’ve also read Ken Kesey’s book, which I think is even better than the movie.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 25, 2021

      Those scenes with the Doc are so real and natural. The book is good. I enjoyed both. I kept picturing Jack as a redhead like RP was in the book.

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      • hotfox63
        April 26, 2021

        Nicholson plays the role of McMurphy with a nonchalance that the whole thing almost could be a comedy if it didn’t end so tragically. In the movie I miss the narrative perspective of the book (it is told from the indian’s perspective). Also, the argument between the nurse and the patient is hardly comprehensible in the movie, while in the book it comes almost to a strategic warfare.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 26, 2021

        Forman took liberty with the book (like most book to film adaptations) and made different choices. Nicholson’s “nonchalance” works well because he gets a shot of reality when he finds out he’s committed and the jokes over.
        On your point, it would be interesting to see a good filmmaker do a version closer to the bone.

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      • hotfox63
        April 27, 2021

        Yes, Forman’s film lives through the part of Nicholson, but there could be made another film from Kesey’s book, even if the forms of therapy from the 70s (sedation, e-shocks) are probably a bit out of date.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 27, 2021

        The whole mental illness thing is a tough subject

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      • hotfox63
        April 27, 2021

        Kesey used his experience as a nurse in a psychiatric clinic to write “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”. Interesting in this context are his LSD experiments. Modern biological psychiatry builds on the insight that mental states are manifested on changes in neurotransmitter systems and in the activity of brain areas. The LSD experiences of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters had always been about everyone doing “their own thing”. It’s all very well described in Tom Wolfe’s “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test”. I think, CB remember the book?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 27, 2021

        I remember and know of that book but never got into it. I also didnt know about Kesey working in an institution. He definitely knew the subject matter. The actors in the film also did their homework.
        Im interested in all that MKULTRA stuff. A friend of mine turned me onto it a few years ago. Some scary shit there Fox. It’s not conspiracy rumors, it’s the real thing. Nasty.

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      • hotfox63
        April 28, 2021

        I’ve heard about Mkultra in connection with Timothy Leary. He worked for the CIA before he became an acid guru. The drug can be definitely used as brainwashing and mind control. The inventor Dr. Albert Hofmann also wrote a book about it: “LSD My Problem Child”.

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  8. christiansmusicmusings
    April 25, 2021

    This is an incredibly powerful movie and one I never get tired to watch again. While I’m far from being a film expert, apart from “The Shining,” this has got to be one of Jack Nicholson’s best roles ever. His acting in both of these pictures is almost frightening. He literally seems to become the character. Great choice, CB!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 25, 2021

      Good stuff Christian. The film has some gut wrenching moments. I thought Foreman handled some of that stuff pretty good.
      Ad ‘Budinsky’ from last Detail and ‘Jake’ from Chinatown. He was so good back then.

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  9. Yeah, Another Blogger
    April 25, 2021

    Kesey’s novel is really good too. I wonder if he sometimes wrote when he was on acid.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 25, 2021

      A few of the comments mention the book. Like I said to Fox , I kept picturing Jack with red hair like in the book.
      If he dropped acid he did a good job. I was living with a French Canadian family back then and the oldman gave me the book. I loved it.

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      • Jim S.
        April 25, 2021

        To say Kesey wasn’t a fan of the movie would be an understatement. He sued the production (and won) over creative and casting differences. The book is told from the Chief’s point of view and so I guess it felt the movie gutted the purpose. Too bad. As Nicholson said elsewhere to great effect, “Could ya melt the cheese on there for the Chief?”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 25, 2021

        Never knew that about Kesey. Obviously had strong ideas and images about the characters he wrote. Once other people get the rights throw that out the window. You know those old Jack films Last Detail is a fave.

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      • Jim S.
        April 25, 2021

        if you ever went out with Bill and I for a burger and brew, you would be “treated” to random quotes from the following: Last Detail, Five Easy Pieces, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver. Honeymooners sketches, Glengarry Glen Ross, French Connection, Jaws, Bogart, Twelve Angry Men (“Rotten kids, you work your life out!:) Play it Again, Sam, Annie Hall. You would either be headed for the door or have a high old time.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 25, 2021

        Id have a high old time for sure. I could conjure op a few Loony Tunes. Flintstones, Bev Hillbillies to throw in the mix. Oh yeah and a few films
        “We deal in lead”

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      • Jim S.
        April 26, 2021

        Magnificent. Stuff that dreams are made of.

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  10. Tommy
    April 26, 2021

    Just in case anyone needs soothing, here’s the music they played in the day room in Cuckoo’s Nest. Don’t forget your meds now…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 26, 2021

      “Yes its medication time” I love that saw in the soundtrack. I have a friend who plays the saw. He unbelievable. Nice to see you in these parts fella. Drop by more often and grace us with your input.

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  11. keepsmealive
    April 26, 2021

    This is one of those films where, even though its been so long since I last saw it, it doesn’t matter because it imprinted itself on my brain.

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  12. observationblogger
    April 26, 2021

    A brilliant film. I prefer Forman’s Amadeus more, but Cuckoo is one for the ages. Great write up and nice selection of pics.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 27, 2021

      Nice to hear from ya. I guess I need to pop over to your station. Last few times (a while ago now) you hadnt posted for a while.
      I have a Milos bio staring me in the face from my bookshelf. Need to crack it.

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      • observationblogger
        April 27, 2021

        Yes, nice to chat again with you too! Yeh, I didn’t post for a long while. I was finding it hard to keep motivated. I’m trying to get back into it again. Enjoy that book you have staring at you right there. I imagine it will be a great read. Cheers.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 29, 2021

        I hear you on the “motivated” thing. I usually have a few takes in the bag to get through those times.
        Ive been going through some of my film books and thinning them out. A few were just not to my liking but I have a feeling the Forman will be a good read.

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      • observationblogger
        April 30, 2021

        I’m reading Anthony Burgess’ ‘Earthly Powers’, which I wrote about here, but I’m having a tough time staying motivated through some slow sections. If I had that Forman book I would read it in no time flat lol

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 30, 2021

        I seen that take. I tried Burgess years ago and found him hard to get into. Im at a stage now that Ill give a book a good go but if it doesnt grab me pretty quick I give it the toss. To many other reads out there. I just did that with a McMurtry book and I really like him. Ive read some great books on film directors and the Forman book is calling.

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      • observationblogger
        May 1, 2021

        I see what you mean about life’s too short to wade through a disinteresting read. Good advice. I really miss my Ekindle which packed up on me.

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  13. J.
    April 27, 2021

    Aw man, this is a top 5 movie for me. Love it. I used to carry a copy of the book with me for the longest time. Read it umpteen times and, as someone who doesn’t gravitate towards fiction, that probably says an awfy lot about how highly I rate the book (I no longer carry it, as a guy in a previous job asked what the tattered book was and I gave him it – I really should replace it). I’d saw the film first, so it was strange reading McMurphy’s description… but I view them as separate versions of the same story. The film how RP viewed himself (Jack Nicholson cool), while the book is how the chief viewed him… as he really was. That make sense?

    (I also wrote a song named after the Chief’s dad – Tee Ah Millatoona – way back after reading it in the book. Loved the meaning – the line that stands tallest on the mountain).

    Man, I need to get me another copy of that book. And the DVD for that matter.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 27, 2021

      Great comment J. Your reference to the different points of view make total sense. Fox and I were touching on that. There’s another version of the film somewhere and not a remake of the this film.
      Been awhile since I read the book but your intel has more than jogged my memory. The whole alcohol and small thing. The Native angle. Fox told me something I didnt know, Kesey worked in an institution so maybe that’s why your “fiction” thing went out the window. True to life. Id really like to hear that piece of music. I have also been meaning to revisit the stuff you sent. I wasnt bullshitting when I said I really liked it. Good stuff J.

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      • J.
        May 1, 2021

        I didn’t know that about Kesey. Perhaps that’s why this is so gripping (and every character unpredictable and full).

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  14. 1dancequeendq
    April 29, 2021

    Great movie. I wouldn’t bother with the Netflix series Nurse Ratchet. It is filmed in glorious technicolour the costumes and sets are beautiful. Good if like me your into elements of vintage style. The so called backstory is a bit haphazard. I watched it in binge fashion during the 2nd lockdown. I don’t think I would have stayed with it if life had been normal. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is indeed a classic.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 29, 2021

      Yeah i have already made that choice. Pretty hard to get Louise Fletcher’s great performance out of my head. The film did it’s homework and has a real sense of realism. No making it pretty.
      (You ever play any Scatman on your show? I think I remember maybe u have)

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  15. 1dancequeendq
    April 29, 2021

    I have played Scatman sometime ago I’ll have to go back and look.

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  16. badfinger20 (Max)
    May 3, 2021

    Nurse Ratched is not a murderer or have any super power but she has to be one of the most chilling movie villains of all time. I guess it’s because she is so damn real.
    I agree totally…Jack is spot on and made that character 3 dimensional. What a movie…I love The Chief character also.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 3, 2021

      She wielded a lot of power and she new it. Fletcher was great.
      Jack brought a lot of chops to R. P. A little “sports” in the film with the basketball game and the Chief being the ringer. Loved that scene.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        May 3, 2021

        When Jack took them out on that field trip… it was great. Sometimes I forget that Christopher Lloyd and Danny Devito was in that movie. It’s been a few years since I seen it…I’ll have to watch it again soon.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 3, 2021

        I think you’d get lot out of a rewatch. The saw music at the start has stuck with me. I have a friend who plays it, the saw that is.
        When Jack does the intro at he marina you by that those guys are doctors.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        May 3, 2021

        That movie is always worth it.
        I’ve seen people play it…some pretty cool sounds. I get the same feeling out of someone playing the theremin…like Page.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 3, 2021

        Musicians blow my mind. In a good way. I think you know that.

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