One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
– Albert Einstein
The film One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest is a film that gives a face to the word crazy, it was first a novel written by Ken Kesey and soon became an Academy Award recipient for Best Film. Crazy is a derogatory word to use for people who are struggling emotionally and mentally. One traumatic experience can cause one simple person to break away from reality that is closely said for Randie McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) who is an outlaw who marches to the beat of his own drum. He assumes going to the Mental Asylum will save him from going to prison. So he pleads mentally insane in order to avoid prison. He befriends several mentally ill patients, a very young Danny Devito plays Martini as a silent fellow but mischievous at the same time. Billy Bibbit (Brad Dourif) who is a young handsome heartthrob who needs a little hunch of confidence to become the person he should be. Dale Harding( William Redfield) , “Chief” (Will Sampson), Charlie Cheswick (Sydney Lassick), and Max Taber (Christopher Lloyd) aka Doc from Back to the future . McMurphy believes it will be a piece a cake staying in an Asylum for several days according to the courts demand. McMurphy has no clue that the head nurse named Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) will make his stay even crazier than he thought. Evil is not close to describe Nurse Ratched, she is very manipulative, instigator, and apathetic. Nurse Ratched does have similar attributes that describes some people one knows in real life. McMurphy’s spirit of rebelliousness and freedom almost cross the verge of his own insanity because of his struggle trying to tolerate Nurse Ratched. He has two options: Escape or go crazy.