While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher). This Milos Forman masterpiece was the first film since It Happened One Night (1934) to take all five major Oscar prizes for picture, director, screenplay, actor (Nicholson) and actress (Fletcher). (Netflix)
This is the epitome of a classic movie. Great actors in their prime, a really compelling story. Not having the high tech of filmmaking today, this movie shows that you don’t actually need millions of dollars in special effects to make a fantastic movie. I really can’t say enough good things about it. Jack Nicholson was great as McMurphy. He completely takes the audience and the other characters and makes them question whether he is actually crazy or not, because there are totally arguments for both. Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched was cold, calculating, a perfect antagonist hidden underneath a nurse’s uniform. Also loved Will Sampson as Chief, Brad Dourif as Billy, and Danny DeVito as Martini. If anything, it is pretty long and dragged a little bit in a few spots. But overall, it’s an awesome anti-establishment movie that everyone should see.