AFI Top 100: No. 33 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. I recently got married (yay!) and, as you can imagine, have been extremely busy. More on that in another post…
Anyway, onto the AFI countdown. Jack Nicholson is one of the greatest actors of all time and his performance in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest might be his finest. The film was only the second to win all five major awards (AFI No. 46 It Happened One Night was the first) and this film deserved this honor even more so.

While Jack was the shining star of the film (has he ever been in a movie and not been the standout actor?) there are others who were equally impressive. Louise Fletcher was cold as ice as Nurse Ratched. By the end of the film, I found there are few movie characters I despised as much as her. The secondary characters were wonderful too. I found myself just wanted to give Danny Devito’s character Martini a hug throughout the movie. And no one has perfected the crazed look in the eye better than Christopher Lloyd.

Many times in the movie, I thought to myself, this McMurphy would make a great therapist. Even though he mostly helped others out of his own interest (boredom usually), he actually cared about his fellow patients and seemed overjoyed with their progress. There were many heartwarming moments throughout the movie and from the look of it, there weren’t many in the institution until he came along. He made the patients start to realize they are worthy of happiness too and it’s sad to think how they were doing with him gone. As Chief said, because of McMurphy, “I feel as big as a damn mountain.”

The movie is a depressing reminder of the sad history of individuals with mental illness have. While there have been improvements towards helping those individuals, there is still a long way to go. This movie is one that enacted several emotions out of me as it was uplifting and depressing all at once. Truly one to watch.

Next Up: The Godfather Part 2



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