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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies

If he's crazy, what does that make you?Nov. 19, 1975133 Min.
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Watch: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies, Full Movie Online – McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse..
Plot: A petty criminal fakes insanity to serve his sentence in a mental ward rather than prison. He soon finds himself as a leader to the other patients—and an enemy to the cruel, domineering nurse who runs the ward.
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***The spirit of freedom vs. the spirit of legal-ism***

Set in the early 60s, the story involves R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) and his arrival at a mental institution in Salem, Oregon (where the film was shot). He plays the “mental illness” card to get out of prison time, thinking it’ll be a piece of cake, but he’s wrong, very wrong. Everything appears well at the hospital and Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) seems to be a benevolent overseer of McMurphy’s ward, but there are sinister things going on beneath the surface.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) is a film you’ll appreciate more as you mature. I saw it when I was younger and, while I thought it was good, I didn’t ‘get’ a lot of the insights the film conveys.

The movie criticizes the way institutions deal with mental illnesses. Their “therapy” is futile and only makes the patients dependent on the institution itself, thereby creating its need for existence (often at the taxpayer’s expense). McMurphy is a threat to the establishment and therefore must be “dealt with.”

A lot of people criticize the film by suggesting that Nurse Ratched “isn’t that bad” or that “she was only trying to do her job”, etc. I had the same reaction the first couple of times I saw it. This reveals an aspect of the film’s brilliance: Ratched’s malevolence is so subtle that the filmmakers allow the possibility for complete misinterpretation. Yes, from an administrative point of view, she seemingly does a good job, she’s authoritarian without being sadistic, and she cares for the residents as long as they follow the rules (more on this below). Yet she is demonic as a robotized arm of a dehumanizing system. She maintains the residents in a state of oblivion and marginalization; they are deprived of their dignity because the system sees them as subhuman.

The filmmakers and Fletcher (not to mention the author of the book, Ken Kesey) make Nurse Ratched a more effective antagonist by showing restraint. Compare her to, say, Faye Dunaway’s portrayal of Joan Crawford in “Mommie Dearest,” which pretty much turned her into a cartoon villain. Ratched isn’t such an obvious sadist, yet she uses the rules to tyrannize the men and reduce them to an almost infantile state of dependency and subservience. Her crowning achievement is Billy Bibbit (Brad Dourif).

McMurphy, despite his obvious flaws, is the protagonist of the story. Although he’s impulsive and has a weakness for the female gender, which got him into prison in the first place, he has a spirit of freedom and life. His problem is that he needs to learn a bit of wisdom; then he can walk in his freedom without causing unnecessary harm to himself and others.

Nurse Ratched, on the other hand, represents legal-ism, which is an authoritarian spirit obsessed with laws or rules. This is clearly seen in the World Series sequence: Even though McMurphy gets the final vote he needs for his ward to watch the Series Ratched refuses to allow it on a technicality. When McMurphy then PRETENDS to watch the game and works the guys up into a state of euphoria, Ratched reacts with sourpuss disapproval. That’s because legalism is the opposite of the spirit of freedom, life and joy. Legalism is all about putting on appearances and enforcing the LETTER of the law (rule). The problem with this is that “appearances” are not about inward reality and, worse, “the letter kills.”

Despite his folly and mistakes, McMurphy does more good for the guys in his ward than Ratched and the institution could do in a lifetime. How so? Not only because he has a spirit of freedom and life, but because he loves deeply, but only those who deserve it – the humble – not arrogant abusers. When you cast restraint to the wind and love with all your heart you’ll reap love in return, as long as the person is worthy. A certain person hugs McMurphy at the end because he loves him. McMurphy set him free from the shackles of mental illness and, worse, the institution that refuses to actually heal because it needs mentally ill people to exist; it only goes through the motions of caring and healing (not that there aren’t any good people in such institutions, of course).

No review of this film is complete without mentioning the notable character of “Chief” Bromden, played effectively by Will Sampson.

The film runs 2 hours and 13 minutes.

GRADE: A

Review By: Wuchak

**Subject to the silliest of internet theories**

There are a lot of movie theories but the silliest of all is this nonsense that is all over the internet claiming that _the Chief killed the unresponsive McMurphy because he thought McMurphy was ignoring him._

These idiots claim the Chief did not notice the scars on McMurphy’s head and simply thought the unresponsive McMurphy was ignoring him – so the Chief kills him in a fit of rage. Ridiculous.

The Chief killed McMurphy as an act of _kindness_. Chief was releasing McMurphy – a once spirited man now reduced to a vegetable thanks to the control freak, _Nurse Wretched._

This classic movie still holds up after all these years and is a compelling story of blossoming friendships in a lunatic asylum. Nicholson shines in his best performance and is ably supported by Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito.

Review By: Charles Dance
A perfect mixture of entertainment and drama.
Czech director Milos Forman seems to be obsessed with rebellious characters that don’t like to go with the flow. Just think about Larry Flynt in “The People vs. Larry Flynt” or Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon”, in the two most recent movies of Forman. The central character in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” played by Jack Nicholson is also one of those characters, that wants to break the routine and even starts a revolt against the staff and nurse Ratchett in particular, in a mental institution.

The movie is perhaps more comedy and entertainment than heavy drama. Still that doesn’t mean that the movie isn’t filled with some powerful emotional sequences. The tension between the patients and the staff gets more and more notable and grows throughout the movie, which eventually leads to a ‘wonderful’ ending which I’m not going to spoil.

Yes, Jack Nicholson is truly splendid in his role and it seemed like he was improvising all his lines and actions during the entire movie. It was a really Oscar worthy performances, which he also received. Another Oscar winner for her performance was Louise Fletcher, which in my opinion is a bit too much credit. She plays her role well but nothing more than that. She did not deeply impressed me or anything. This movie also marks the debut for some today well known actors such as Danny DeVito (he looked so young and different!), Christopher Lloyd and Brad Dourif, who also received an Oscar nomination.

Really one of those movies that you must have seen at least once in your life.

9/10

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Review By: Boba_Fett1138
Both uplifting and disheartening, sometimes both at once
I went into this film with the knowledge that it had been the second film in history to win the ‘top five’ Oscars (for Best Picture, Best actor, Best actress, Best director and best screenplay) and has been praised as “one of Jack Nicholson’s finest roles” and “one of the classics of the 70’s”. Naturally, after hearing all this, I had high expectations for One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But nonetheless, I was surprised at how easily the film surpassed my expectations and easily led me to understand how it merited all that praise.

Based on the novel by Ken Kesey, the story follows Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), who, in an attempt to get out of spending more time in prison, pleads insanity for his crime, and is therefore sentenced to time in a mental institution. This was McMurphy’s intention, as he believes the conditions in a “crazy house” will be significantly easier to contend with than another harsh stay in prison. However, he quickly finds out that surviving the institution with it’s desolate patients (including Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito, Vincent Schiavelli and an absolutely brilliant Brad Dourif as the stuttering Billy Bibbit) and the monstrously repressive Nurse Ratchet (Louise Fletcher, in a career defining role) is considerably harder than he imagined. McMurphy plays pranks, horseplay, and is generally defiant to the rules of the institution in an attempt to raise spirits. His constant optimism and reckless defiance to the out of date rules in the institution can be very uplifting, and often quite funny as well, but much of the movie can be very depressing – the generally decrepit state of the institution is a consistently (and intentionally) bleak background to a superb story with a truly bittersweet ending.

Jack Nicholson is at his best here, head and shoulders above other excellent performances such as in ‘Chinatown’ or ‘As Good as it Gets’. McMurphy is an apparently unquenchable optimist, refusing to succumb to the defeated spirit of all the other patients. His livewire antics, inspiring the patients are generally uplifting, and when his indomitable spirit is finally broken, we really feel for him and his fellow patients. Nicholson conveys the essence of McMurphy to perfection, demonstrating his excellent understanding and interpretation of the character. When McMurphy announces that he is going to lift a huge stone fountain and hurl it through the window to escape, the other patients are so caught up in his intoxicating spirit of freedom that they honestly believe he can do it, despite the fact it would be impossible for a man much stronger than him. When McMurphy finally discovers that despite his best efforts, he cannot lift the fountain, he is so openly crushed that we can’t help but feel for him. Beneath the frequent profanities and livewire antics, there are real human emotions, which come across as truly touching.

What can be said about One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest which hasn’t already been said? It has an excellent storyline, top notch acting, painfully bleak visuals, perfectly setting the tone for the movie, and alternates between being truly uplifting to devastatingly depressing. It features perhaps the most memorable film ending ever, next to a man on his horse riding off into the sunset, and leaves the viewer beaten down by the conflicting emotions, unaware what to think of the picture next to reveling in it’s glorious entirety. It’s hard to produce a final outcome any better than this.

-10/10

Review By: pyrocitor

Other Information:

Original Title One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Release Date 1975-11-19
Release Year 1975

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 13 min (133 min)
Budget 3000000
Revenue 108981275
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Drama
Director Milos Forman
Writer Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Ken Kesey
Actors Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman
Country United States
Awards Won 5 Oscars. 39 wins & 16 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,675 m (Sweden), 3,685 m (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5254)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975 123movies
Original title One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
TMDb Rating 8.428 8,980 votes

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