One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Film versions of novels don’t usually give viewers a real sense of what the

novel was about. Often important details of the novel are left out when it comes

time to make the film. This was the case of the literary adaptation of Ken Kesey’s

novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

The film was successful in entertaining its viewers, it had a little bit of

everything. It provided comedy, drama and a superb plot. McMurphy’s arrival

changed the whole mood of the movie. Before his arrival all you saw were the

sick patients and the dispirited environment of the ward. As soon as McMurphy

entered everything changed, he instantly brought laughter to the patients.

The scenes with Chief in the playground were comical and made you laugh.

The movie had other instances that made you chuckle. The late night party that

was held in the ward at the end of the movie was amusing, and so was

McMurphy losing his patience trying to teach the patients to play cards.

However, this movie had very dramatic moments as well. The scene with Billy

Bibbit breaking down emotionally in front of the Nurse and then eventually

committing suicide were among the most dramatic. Nevertheless, the most

dramatic moment was when the new McMurphy was revealed to the viewers.

Up to that point we were used to McMurphy being a lively and cocky character.

What we were exposed to was a character with totally contrary characteristics.

He looked like a dead corpse with just enough energy to breathe. This was a truly

moving scene that lead to Chief suffocating the lifeless body.

This film was a poor adaption of the novel. The events in the movie were

not accurate when compared to the novel. The biggest difference in my opinion

was the charcterization. In the novel we really get to know the background of