Louise Fletcher brought to life one of the most iconic villains of all time. In the 1973 film, she portrayed Nurse Ratched, an unforgiving nurse who enjoys humiliating the inmates at an asylum. Throughout this film we watch as she puts down the patients, even those who resist her actions.
Randle McMurphy is transferred from prison to an asylum. A criminal, he hopes that a stay at an asylum will be shorter, quicker, and nicer than one in prison. However, upon arrival McMurphy starts to realize that he is in over his head with the choice he has made. Falling under the jurisdiction of the authoritarian Nurse Mildred Ratched, he finds himself at odds with most of the staff. Yet, his actions lead him to gain the respect of those around him who suffer from the abuse brought upon them. One day after sneaking out many of other patients, Ratched brings down a hardened punishment on McMurphy. Upon the return to the asylum, McMurphy learns that his release is based on the recommendation of Ratched and the doctors. Unfortunately, things get worse leading Ratched to order McMurphy to receive a lobotomy. Upon seeing him in a state knowing that he would not want to live like that, a fellow inmate takes McMurphy’s life. Knowing that he has put him out of pain and suffering, he escapes into the woods to start a new life.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the movie that lead many people to cheer for the underdog. No one cared for Nurse Ratched who was portrayed by Louise Fletcher. Yesterday, on July 22, Louise Fletcher celebrated her birthday, hopefully it was a good one.