Utpal Borpujari

January 11, 2010

DVD review: A Classic revisited

By Utpal Borpujari

Released under the new “Script to Screen” series of Big Home Video that comprises films based on acclaimed literary work, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is based on Ken Kesey’s bestseller. While it always becomes contentious when a literary work is adapted onto the big screen, director Milos Forman succeeded in making a powerful film in this case.

Adding to the film’s success was an outstanding performance by Jack Nicholson as protagonist Randle P McMurphy, who fakes insanity and moves into a mental hospital. The story of this one is too well known to be recounted here. Superbly funny and moving at the same time, the film almost 35 years after its release makes for a great viewing even now.

The film had won all five major Academy Awards in 1975, including the Best Actor for Nicholson, the Best Picture, the Best Actress for Louis Fletcher, the Best Director for Forman and the Best Adapted Screenplay.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Dir: Milos Forman; Big Home Video; Rs 499

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 10-01-2010)

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