Few films touch so bleakly upon matters such as psychiatry as Milos Forman’s masterful ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ does. Nicholson’s stunning lead role as a criminal pleading insanity in order to evade conviction is one made in heaven. It’s of no wonder that Nicholson won 8 awards for Best Actor for his role (including an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe etc.). When you consider that the film was released in 1975, the film has aged remarkably well, being over 40 years old, especially as the film is based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 best-selling novel.
‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ tells the story of a criminal, R.P. McMurphy (Nicholson), who runs into trouble with the law again and so pleads insanity so he can be submitted to a mental institution, where he finds that the patients live in fear of the oppressive Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) and so McMurphy encourages rebellion within the institution, much to the distaste of the staff.
With an utterly devastating conclusion to this harrowing film, ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ proves to be one of the greatest films of all time and shall remain a timeless classic. What the film does teach you, other than the fact that you should check if your patients are insane before submitting them, is that rebellion should be embraced in every aspect of life.