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Before I watched the film One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, I heard many cases on the Internet that healthy people were hospitalized as mentally ill and sent to mental hospital by force due to various secret reasons in our country.Once they were regard as mentally ill,it would be very difficult for them to prove their identity and acquire freedom.That sounds very ridiculous,but it did happened.The film One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest remind me of these cases in reality and it shocked me greatly.I believe that a good movie should be connected to its time,observe and think the reality,and can provoke emotion of the audience,instead of only pursuing visual sensation.As far as I am concerned, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest succeeds in the above aspects.Although it a 1975 film,what it reflects still make a lot of sense in today's society.

Background One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film directed by Milos Forman and based on the 1962 novel One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. The inspiration for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest came while working on the night shift at the Menlo Park Veterans' Hospital. There, Kesey often spent time talking to the patients, sometimes under the influence of the hallucinogenic drugs with which he had volunteered to experiment. Kesey did not believe that these patients were insane, but rather that society had pushed them out because they did not fit the conventional ideas of how people were supposed to act and behave.The novel was published in 1962, and in 1975, Milos Forman directed a screen adaptation, which won the "Big Five" Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher), Best Director (Forman) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman).

The plot is set in Oredon mental hospital.Nurse Ratched is the head administrative nurse in the mental hospital, where she exercises absolute power over the patients' access to medications and basic necessities such as food and cigarette. She revokes these privileges whenever a patient displeases her.When McMurphy arrives at the hospital, however, her dictatorial rule is nearly challenged. She attempts to subjugate him-- at first with threats and punishments, then with shock therapy,but these are unsuccessful.In the end, Ratched's threat frightens Billy into committing suicide.McMurphy is outraged and attacks Ratched, and nearly kills her.Later,the Nurse turns him into a vegetable. Unwilling to allow McMurphy to live in such a state,another patient in the hospital Chief,smothers McMurphy to death with his pillow. He then carries out McMurphy's escape plan by lifting the hydrotherapy console off the floor and breaking the window and running off into the distance.

Themes The film shows through McMurphy that how the ward control and destroy those who resists compliance.The Nurse want everyone in the ward to conform to her command and in her eyes they should do so,because she is the authority and they are crazy people.This means the ward is a worse place than prison,for in prison the prisoners know how long they need to stay there,but in the ward the patients have no aims and freedom at all and they have no idea when they can leave here.However, McMurphy doesn't think these patients are really crazy and he treats them equally and he tries to free them from the ward.I am impressed by the Nurse Retched's group therapy when she questions Billy about his girlfriend.Billy feels very nervous and helpless because of her aggressive questions.Then Mr.Cheswick asks the Nurse that "Billy doesn't feel like talking,why are you pressing him.Why can't we go on to some new business?".Seeing this,I feel that these guys are not crazy at all.Crazy people can't say such reasonable words.But let's see how the nurse responds: "The business of this meeting is therapy."I am deeply shocked by her extreme brutal,icy and ruthless face when she says this words.I believe that all she is trying to do is to control and suppress



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