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Thoughts watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

January 31, 2016

Sally Field working with Robert Osborne on TCM’s The Essentials said it very well in hoping that actor Jack Nicholson appreciates the greatness and opportunity that manifested regarding he and his extraordinary performance in “one Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” now over 40 years ago.

In watching the movie last night on TCM, I agree and always thought that way about the fact “Cuckoo’s Nest” was a great ensemble performance and that Louise Fletcher, as was the case with “Jack,” (as I say regarding President Kennedy, who the bleep am I to call him Jack?!!), an Academy Award winner for the film, was spectacular.

Yet I also agree wholeheartedly with Ms. Field and Mr. Osborne that not only did his performance in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” vault Nicholson to the “moon,” but that it was a transcendent effort.

It really is difficult to express how great the film, directed by Milos Forman was and the incredible emotions that it elicits.

So the easy part for me and some baseball that was referenced in the film.

Jack’s “R.P. Mc Murphy wants to watch the first two games of the 1963 World Series and the great announcer Ernie Harwell’s voice is heard in an authentic tape of his preview of game 2.

The L.A. Dodgers defeated the Yankees in 4 straight games in that World Series.

Yet 4 Yankees, Al Downing, (by Harwell as the Yankees’ game two starting pitcher), the “great Mickey Mantle” and he was, Tom Tresh and Bobby Richardson are cited to just one Dodgers player, pitcher Sandy Koufax, whose curve ball could break “expletive deletive” well as cited by Mc Murphy which sure was the “emmas” (an Italian word ha ha) regarding Koufax, a Jewish pitcher.


Jack Nicholson left and Will Sampson as “The Chief” in the great film, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

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