“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
How a 1962 novel and a movie by the same name in 1975 has escaped me until 2018 I do not know. I had heard of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” since I was a child, but I had not seen what some consider to be the greatest film ever made until last night.
In the 90-year history of the Academy Awards, this film is one of only three to win all five major Academy Awards. For 25-years it has been preserved by the National Flim Registry at the Library of Congress.
Also worthy of note, actor Kirk Douglas played the role of “MrMurphy” in a Broadway stage version in 1963-64 and bought the film rights hoping to turn it into a movie. Finding no one willing to make it, he gave the rights to his son, actor Michael Douglas, who brought the novel to the big screen.
The movie was filmed on location at the Oregon State Hospital and features Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) who marked this film as his first.
It’s difficult to put into words what makes a film that transcends others by becoming culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant. It obviously requires great writing, great acting, great directing, and just the right amount of seasoning of all the other elements in the perfect amount creating something much greater than the sum of its parts. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” does all of this. It is a mark of excellence in movie making. Five Stars.