Our Favorite Film Adaptations

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
1975, Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif and Christopher Lloyd
Directed by Miloš Forman

It’s the only film I can think of that actually nailed both the representation of characters and the overall emotions and concepts dealt with in the original novel. A timeless performance from Jack Nicholson doesn’t hurt, but what makes this one the best is the fact that Miloš Forman was able to tweak Kesey’s text in subtle ways that were perfectly suited for visual expression. Too often you find directors using novels as brief outlines for their own warped visions; Forman retold all of the mental anguish just as we knew it to be, but with the faces we needed to make it even darker and more real.

~Samuel Spokony

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