One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest


Otázka: One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest

Jazyk: Angličtina

Přidal(a): kr.kotoucek



One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest

This film’s main character is a man called Randle Patrick McMurphy. He has been sentenced to prison, but to avoid spending more time in a jail, he pleads insanity. He’s therefore sentenced to time in a mental institution.


He thinks it will be easier there, but he’s deadly mistaken. The head nurse of a psychiatric hospital he’s sent to behaves like a despot. McMurphy almost immediately gets to the conflict with her and partly because of it he also becomes a leader of the other patients. There is for example a shy young man called Billy Bibbit or supposedly deaf and mute and in the same time mountain-like indian usually addressed as Chef.


At the end of the film, main hero invites some prostitutes and throws a big party for patients. He also lets Billy Bibbit have a sex with one of the girls. But in the morning, head nurse comes and tells happy Billy that his mother surely wouldn’t like what he had done. This leads to Billy committing suicide.


McMurphy is extremely angry and tries to kill the nurse. He’s then taken by guard and a lobotomy is performed on him. He later returns as a complete idiot. His friend Chef then decides (he’s neither deaf nor mute) to escape and leaves the hospital.


I don’t really know what an author tried to convey with his film. I suppose he wanted to get more attention for mental hospitals and for their procedures and to show us that mentally disabled people aren’t really so different from us. Or maybe he just wanted people not to give up.

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