One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


  • February: Margaret Thatcher becomes leader of the Conservative Party
  • April: The Vietnam War ends as Communist forces from North Vietnam take Saigon
  • November: Francisco Franco, dictator of Spain, dies


The second film to win the ‘grand slam’ at the Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (in this case adapted), Best Actor and Best Actress


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has a lot of promise, but it doesn’t quite come together. On the whole, it’s great. Funny and poignant, with a superb performance from Jack Nicholson and the ensemble cast that make up the rest of the psychiatric patients. But, the end felt severely lacking in emotional nuance. The sudden change of tone from comedy to tragedy jars horribly, particularly when the tragedy is dealt as subtly as the blow of a sledgehammer. It’s a real shame, but it truly lets down everything that comes before it.

Rating: 6/10


I found One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest quite difficult to comprehend; the comedic moments often felt quite awkward given the setting and the more serious moments didn’t particularly impress me. It very much reminded me of the episodes of House when he ends up in an institution, yet with House it felt much more considered and thought provoking. There were funny moments and Jack Nicholson was pretty good, but nothing about the film stands out.

Rating: 4/10

Combined rating: 5/10

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