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Mad about McMurphy

Staff Reporter

THRISSUR: At least, two generations of film-lovers have been mad about McMurphy. The role of the heroic rebel, played by Jack Nicholson in Milos Forman’s cult film, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975), has inspired many clones, including the one enacted by Mohanlal in ‘Thalavattom’.

Cineastes may watch the original when the Forman classic is screened at the Chetana Media Institute on Wednesday. One of the greatest American films, it depicts life in a mental hospital. McMurphy thinks he can evade work while in prison by pretending to be mad. His plan backfires when he is sent to a mental asylum. He livens up the place by playing card games and basketball with his fellow inmates, but faces trouble from the head nurse, Ratched. Forman once told that the asylum was a metaphor for Soviet Union .

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