1 flew over the cuckoos nest

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1 flew over the cuckoos nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey

Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy – the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphys heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. Ken Keseys extraordinary first novel is an exuberant, ribald and devastatingly honest portrayal of the boundaries between sanity and madness.
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But even if you love the complex exploration of life inside a s psychiatric hospital, there are a few things you may not know about its behind-the-scenes story. Douglas mailed Forman the novel, but the package was confiscated by Czechoslovakian customs and never reached the director. When producers were shopping the picture to studios, 20th Century Fox was interested, but with a catch.
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See Important Quotations Explained. Her one feminine feature is her oversized bosom, which she tries to conceal beneath a starched white uniform. Bromden regains consciousness in the day room. Here, he tells us that a public relations man sometimes leads tours around the ward, pointing out the cheery atmosphere and claiming that the ward is run without the brutality exercised in previous generations. McMurphy laughs when the patients are stunned silent by his entrance.

He tried for years to turn it into a film, but it never got any momentum. Meanwhile, I was at university in Santa Barbara and was very politically active, what with the Vietnam war going on. I loved the book: it was a brilliantly conceived story of one man against the system. He had apparently had a breakdown and never left the building — rumours were he would confide in a Czech friend while lying in bed, and then the friend would go out and see a psychiatrist on his behalf. But he flew to California to see us.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a American comedy-drama film directed by Miloš Forman, based on the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
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Set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital , the narrative serves as a study of institutional processes and the human mind as well as a critique of behaviorism and a tribute to individualistic principles. Time magazine included the novel in its " Best English-language Novels from to " list. The book is narrated by "Chief" Bromden, a gigantic yet docile half-Native American patient at a psychiatric hospital, who presents himself as deaf and mute. The head administrative nurse, Nurse Ratched , rules the ward with absolute authority and little medical oversight. She is assisted by her three day-shift orderlies and her assistant doctors.

Filming began in January and lasted three months, taking place on location in Salem, Oregon , and the surrounding area, as well as on the Oregon coast. The producers decided to shoot the film in the Oregon State Hospital , an actual mental hospital, as this was also the setting of the novel. In , the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress , and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In Oregon , recidivist criminal Randle Patrick McMurphy is moved to a mental institution after serving a short sentence on a prison farm for statutory rape of a year-old. Though not actually mentally ill, McMurphy hopes to avoid hard labour and serve the rest of his sentence in a relaxed environment. Upon arriving at the hospital, he finds the ward run by nurse Mildred Ratched , a cold, passive-aggressive tyrant who uses her rules and authority to intimidate her charges into a restrictive, joyless existence.

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