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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
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Jack Nicholson not only doesn't look the part of R.P. McMurphy, the hero of Ken Kesey's novel, but in some ways he's temperamentally unsuited for it - too introverted and mercurial. But Jack adapts beautifully; he plays way inside himself, refusing to turn McMurphy into a star-turn and forcing your attention to the other characters: the hapless asylum inmates for whom McMurphy represents a brief outburst of life and revolt. Fortunately, he has a director - the expatriate Czech Milos Forman - who has a quiet genius for the bitter little humors and quirks of the everyday. The two of them turn, Kesey's rhapsodic Gotterdammerung of modern institutional castration - with its decidedly sexist, misogynist view of the villain, Nurse Ratched - into something less powerful and mordant, but more poignant and funny.
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