One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Well, the christmas season is over and so maybe that equals more free time for me? Yes and no. After all, now I'm incredibly behind seeing as how during all the time I've been gone, I've been watching lots of movies. Also Dan and I are currently trying to keep up with new episodes of The Office, Law & Order, 24, and now American Idol too. We're trying to catch up on a season and a half of House to attempt to catch up in time to join the second half of their new season and there are only so many hours in the day.....and we both have jobs.
So I watched this gem of a two-disc special edition last night and loved it more than the first time I viewed it probably five years ago. Apparently it managed to sweep all five major Academy Awards in 1975 (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay) and was very well deserved.
A crook manages to get off a work farm and sent to a mental institution for evaluation. R.P. McMurphy, played by Jack Nicholson endeavors to shake things up around the ward and show the men there that they aren't nearly as crazy as they think they are. Some of his shananigans include gambling, watching a fake world series game, hi-jacking a bus with inmates on it to go fishing, and sneaking girls and booze into the ward at night. When he discovers that antagonizing Nurse Ratched, played by Louise Fletcher, could get him committed and only permit him to leave on her time instead of his own, he decides to plan an escape. The constant battle for control on the ward is very entertaining and at times heart breaking.
Jack Nicholson's energy and improvised antics never fail to entertain and engage your attention throughout. When he isn't performing for the others, he manages to be quite an sympathetic fellow trying to better the lives of people around him through his crude techniques. The Nurse is amazingly calm, strict, and has a never-ending tact for digging to the core of the patients' defenses to maintain control and keep them miserably docile. She rarely raises her voice and yet it's obvious she doesn't need to in order to get people to listen to her.
The supporting cast is also amazing featuring Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd among others. They deviate back and forth from being vacant, hysterical, and occasionally have sane moments that make them very human. In particular, the Chief (Will Sampson) who has convinced everyone that he is deaf and dumb goes on a journey back to communication and the real world with McMurphy's help. The ending is happy and tragic all at the same time, but I won't say why for those of you who haven't gotten to view it yet. Let's just say this movie gets an A from me.
Also the extras on the DVD are great. I liked watching the documentaries and finding out how much of an impact Michael Douglas (who is not generally one of my favorites) actually had on this movie. Definately go see it.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2002, DVD)
For those who purchased the previously released 1997 disc of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the good news is that this brand new, two-disc Special Edition set is definitely worthy of the new purchase. After going back and comparing the two film transfers, there's really no comparison: 2002 wins without hesitation. It's quite obvious that the 1997 single-disc suffered from both a lack of technological finesse and tender loving care, as the original was so dirty with artifacting that it was nearly unwatchable.However, in this digitally remastered version we find a presentation that is not quite perfect, but light-years beyond the original release. Some flickery dirt still pops up from time to time, most notably in the opening and closing sequences. But once the disc starts spinning, the clarity and sharpness of the imagery will help you to overlook any such minor defects. Color balancing has also taken place, as the original release was entirely over-saturated to the point of white uniforms looking yellow throughout the hospital ward interior shots.
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This is one of the best movies of all time! This is Jack Nicholson at his absoulte finest.Plus, director Milos Foreman successfully translates this Ken Kensey novel into a stunning masterpiece! A gripping tale for all ages. Well, I guess that's a matter of opinion. One of the best It also practically ran the Golden Globes, Academy Awards, among many others. Mark it as a "Two thumbs way way up!" To the bidder of this one: One of the best films ever made, period.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
This movie is really good although alcohol is not allowed in mental institutions. And visitors are allowed to visit for a short time during the day. And mental hospitals always have someone watching the patients. I do not understand why McMurphy snapped when Billy killed himself, and Miss Ratchet told everyone to go on like nothing happened. I think that would be the best thing to do, unless everybody would take turns crying over Billy. Why could not the Indian wait for McMurphy to rehabilitate before breaking out, unless he figured he was too far gone. At any rate why was it necessary for the Indian to kill McMurphy? The Indian probably would not have made it to Canada before being caught and accused of first degree murder. The fish they caught did not have eyes. And why did McMurphy give up a good chance to escape by giving Billy a date with Candy? At the very beginning who were those women laughing a top of the stairs. And who was that guy looking out the door window when they were taking the cuffs off McMurphy? And what did Manchini do when the gaurds beat him up in the hall? He just said he was tired. He was an old sick man. Anyway, it was realistic acting of mentally ill people. It is another one of three DVDs I have where Jack Nicholson dies near the end. And two of my DVDs starring Jack Nicholson featured Scatman Crouthers and Danny De Vito.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Probably the best film to come out of the year 1975, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" has a great moral about the human condition and how we as humans behave with one another. Great performances by Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher. Dominated the Oscars that year. Highly Recommend it!!!!