Friday 20 June 2008

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest [1975]

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - a bitter, off-beat drama, was not just a terrific work of art, it was also a watershed movie in Jack Nicholson’s career as it established him as the finest actor of his generation and one of the two or three greatest ever. Nicholson starred as a classic anti-hero who gets himself admitted in a mental asylum to escape prison. The movie follows the attempts of this anti-establishmentarian free-spirit trying to inspire his fellow inmates to rise against the authoritarian Nurse Ratched, and enjoy life and its various delirious moments, with heart-rending and eventually devastating consequences. A deeply disturbing and an immensely touching movie, it is a subtle satire and a profound commentary on the mores, norms and hypocrisies of our society, where dormancy is expected while rebelliousness is dealt with an iron fist. The unforgettable performances by the actors was brilliantly led by the inimitable, wacky and immensely powerful front-man Nicholson. The deep humanism of the story and the unforgettable climax, too, played their parts in making it the timeless classic that it most certainly is.

Director: Milos Forman
Genre: Drama/Social Satire/Tragi-Comedy/Anti-Establishment Movie
Language: English
Country: US

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