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Conforming With “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Next from the big boxes of random VHS is the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

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  • Jack Ass
    February 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Its a great movie and you’re right the performances are amazing, but it is a piss poor adaptation and I can understand Kesey’s disappointment over it. Because it lacks the narrative of the book Nurse Ratched’s behavior and need to control are deminished greatly. In the movie as well as the book she drives Billy Bibbit to suicide by threatening to tell his mother whom he cares a great deal about. Even in the movie it’s obvious Bibbit is a self harmer and I’m sure she knows enough to know how much it takes to make him go over the edge. I find it difficult to argue the sadistic nature of both the numerous electroshock treatments and of course the lobotomy. In deciding to keep him in the institution she seems more intent on besting him rather than passing the buck. Lastly, this isn’t really a complaint but after seeing this a few times I still have a hard time looking for Danny DeVito in this movie. Also I think it showcases the talent of the often overlooked Brad Dourif.

    Anyway this is a good review and I hope people who view it are intrigued enough to rent the movie or read the book.

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