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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Katey Tiongson

on 12 January 2015

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Transcript of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Overview:
Randle McMurphy's misdiagnosis and rebellion against authority.
Abusive and dehumanizing psych wards.
Shock therapy, lobotomies, and heavy medication.
Corruption of power in Nurse Ratched
Billy Biddit suicide
Chief removing sink and running free
Major Themes:
Good vs. Evil
Terrible conditions of psych wards
Dehumanization
Questioning Authority
Movie Clip:
Movie Clip:
McMurphy after lobotomy
Tired to strangle Nurse Ratched after Billy's suicide
Chief puts McMurphy out of his misery because McMurphy was anything but lifeless.
Left brain dead.
Chief fulfills McMurphy's mission.
Awards:
Won a total of 34 awards
Includes Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Louise Fletcher), Best Director (Milos Forman), and Best Screen Play Writing from Other Material (Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman) and Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut (Brad Dourif).
Nominated for an additional 12 awards.
Historical Context:
1950s and 1960s psych wards were "all the rage"
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders 1952
Deinsitutionalization in mid to late 1960s because of government investigations
Movie made in 1975
Personal Impression:
Favorite movie
Clearly depicts the psych wards of the time period
Challenging authority
AP Psychology
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