The Rewind: The 1970’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest(1975)

Genre-Drama

Director- Milos Foreman (People vs Larry Flynt)

Cast- Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

The movie is about a criminal/rebel who gets admitted into a mental institution. There he butts heads with the nurses and doctors of the institution. He challenges the other patients to fight back against the oppressive nature of the nurses. This is among the best dramas I’ve ever seen. The cast is exceptional and the story is powerful. It shows us how people with mental illness were once (and sometimes still are treated). It also shows that the human brain is a complicated thing. You can conceal the problem like mental illness, but that doesn’t make it go away.  Nicholson’s character gave these patients more freedom and he never tried to hinder their growth. Because of this they showed vast improvements in how they functioned in society.  Things that never occurred while locked away from the world.  Medications and other treatments can suppress, but not heal. It takes something much more to do that.  (Keep in mind there are those situations that medications are a requirement for someone’s well-being.)

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