One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest movie paired with crazy food

Starring Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher

Rating 9/10

Plot:

Randle McMurphy (Nicholson) is a prisoner trying to get out of the work farm. He thinks that acting like a lune will get him a sweeter deal until he’s transferred to the local mental asylum and comes across his soon-to-be nemesis, Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). She is an icy cold control freak who likes her routine predictable and the inmates under control. But McMurphy has other ideas. He’s a sane man and is probably the first person to see his fellow inmates as people, not just mentally ill corpses.

Though he is a bit of a bad boy, McMurphy’s compassion for these men oozes out. Seeing the potential in his new friends, he opens up their lives by doing some pretty nutty things for a sane man. These include: teaching ‘Chief’ Bromden (Will Sampson) to play basketball, taking the crazy lads on a fishing trip out to sea with his lady friend Candy (Marya Small) and hosting a booze and chick-filled party for his new buds.

Entree:

Let’s book ourselves into the good old asylum with evil Nurse Ratched and cause a bit of trouble with our mate McMurphy. Well, maybe not but get yourself into a crazy kinda mood with some dishes that simply don’t make cuisinal sense. Let’s start with this soup – Chilled Peaches and Yogurt Soup from Kashi. I’m messing with your mind now!

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Image: Kashi

Review:

This is such an intelligent film. You can tell it has been adapted from a quality novel. From the beginning it takes its time but it’s never slow. Rather it is a journey through the eyes of a sane person into the bowels of a mental institution governed by a bit of a crazy nurse-lady. It looks at what defines insanity and how institutions like this one label and treat those under its ‘care’.

It is a disturbing picture of 1960’s asylums, with electroconvulsive therapy and lobotomies in abundance. Therapy is less than warm and fighting is constant between ward buddies.

The acting is perfect. It’s great to see Danny De Vito and Christopher Lloyd at the start of their careers, they do a beautiful job and Nicholson is incredible. But it is the whole cast that carries this amazing film.

You may get bogged down in the depressing elements of this film but please don’t. Though it has some heavy scenes, it is really a tale about freedom and hope. For a short time the member of this mental institution are given new life through this random criminal. They are given the eyes of sanity, the possibility of more and a life full of experiences beyond their four walls.

Main meal:

Lose your mind once again with this incredibly nutso dish that will have you wondering where the heck fire you are in your meal. Yep, it’s Nigel Slater’s Savoury Apple Crumble from Frozen Cheese Omelette (and the crowd goes wild).

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Trivia:

  • Budget – $4.4 Million
  • Michael Douglas produced this film after his father, Kirk, held the rights for it for many years.
  • They used real mental patients for extras.
  • Nicholson improvised his scene with the doctor, when he first arrives at the asylum.
  • Based on a novel by Ken Kesey who hated the film so much he refused to watch it and even sued the filmmakers.
  • This was Christopher Lloyd’s first film!
  • All the cast, except Nicholson, got seasick in the fishing scenes that took one week to shoot!
  • Rumour has it that Nicholson experienced Electroconvulsive Therapy, to get in character. That’s perhaps why he was so electric. Ha ha.
Dessert:
OK, bear with me. Dessert tonight will not be a sickly sweet delicacy drowned in some kind of rich chocolatey sauce. Oh no. Tonight we’re going to bacon town with this incredible Not Your Grandma’s Apple Pie recipe from Tasty Trials.
Do you love mixing up your courses, or sweet with savoury?
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