Cuckoo’s Nest — Movies On The Block
(9.6) This week’s installment of ‘Movies on the Block’ is the 1975 Jack Nicholson vehicle One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest directed by Milos Forman (Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Valmont). From Roger Ebert’s review;
We meet a classic outsider — R.P. McMurphy, a quintessentially sane convict sent to the institution as a punishment for troublemaking — whose charisma and gall allow him to break through to a group of patients who’ve mostly fallen into a drugged lethargy. Their passive existence is reinforced by the unsmiling, domineering Nurse Ratched, who lines them up for compulsory tranquilizers and then leads them through group therapy in a stupor.
Ebert had mixed feelings about the film and the early audiences who were responding to it as “a simple-minded anti-establishment parable.” Apparently you’re not supposed to cheer when McMurphy finally loses his patience with Nurse Ratched.
Look for Danny DeVito.