“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.
“In one week, I can put a bug so far up her ass, she don’t know whether to shit or wind her wristwatch.”
Books being adapted into movies rarely seem to live up to the source material according to fans of that source material. And in the case of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, original author Ken Kesey thought the adaptation was so off the mark at script stage, he refused to even watch the finished product. But here’s the thing, books and the movies they inspire are two totally different things. There are different rules, different tropes, different things that work and don’t. I’ve read Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and it’s great. I’ve seen Milos Forman’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and it’s great. Just in a different way.
Thinking it will be easier than working on a prison farm, small time crook and general fuck up RP McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) fakes minor insanity and is admitted to a State Mental Hospital. Once there, he meets a variety of inmates, from the uptight and impotent Dale (William Redfield), the delusional Martini (Danny DeVito), the young, stuttering Billy Bibbit (Brad Dourif) and the supposedly deaf mute native American, Chief Bromden (Will Sampson). On the other side of the glass is the hospital staff, including head doctor Spivey (Dean R Brooks), and the despotic nurse who really runs the ward, Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). (more…)