April 8, 2019 - 6:30 pm
The Tropic’s Monday Night Classics series on “Altered States” flashes back to 1970s Hollywood for the Oscar-winning Milos Forman film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, this adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. The motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates is presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher)—and the two recognize that each is the other’s worst enemy: an authority figure who equates sanity with correct behavior, and a misfit who is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as he pleases.