One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

After bringing Candy and one of her friends in for a late night party on the ward. Randle Patrick McMurphy plans to escape. However at the last second Billy Bibbit begs McMurphy for a date with Candy. McMurphy makes Candy sleep with Billy. While their waiting, all of the patients fall asleep and when they wake up Nurse Ratched and the black boys have discovered the mess and are going to punish everyone. Nurse Ratched finds Billy and Candy asleep in a closet and threatens Billy that he will tell his mother. Billy commits suicide by slitting his throat. McMurphy ignores his last chance to escape via an open window and attacks Nurse Ratched. He chokes her within inches of her life before she is taken away. The movie shifts to a few days later. Nurse Ratched is in a neck brace and can barely talk. This means that the patients can't be intimidated by her comments. Later that night, Chief Bromden sees Randle Patrick McMurphy being wheeled into the Ward. Knowing this is his chance to escape the Asylum like McMurphy always promised, he sneaks over to McMurphys cot and tells him hes ready to leave. Bromden notices McMurphy has a vacant stare on his face and suddenly realizes that McMurphy has been lobotomized. He gives him a long hug before stating "I'm not going to let you live like this." and smothering him to death with a pillow.Chief then heads into the tub room, picks up the Hydro-Therapy sink (he was the only one in the Ward big and strong enough to pick it up) and throws it through a window. He climbs out and runs into the night as the patients cheer for him. Chief Bromdens escape is related in the title because "one flew over the Cuckoos Nest"

Continuity mistake: In the scene where McMurphy gets upset while playing blackjack, he gets up and walks towards the nurses' quarters to turn down the volume on the record player. Martini and Bibbit are still sitting at the card table while McMurphy is walking towards the nurses' quarters but when he gets inside, Martini is already leaning against the counter of the nurses' quarters with Bibbit close behind him. (00:27:00)

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McMurphy: What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin'? Well you're not! You're not! You're no crazier than the average asshole out walkin' around on the streets, and that's it.

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Trivia: Ken Kesey, the author of the novel upon which the film was based, was originally hired to work on the screenplay but was fired soon thereafter.

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Question: Why does the Chief fake being deaf for much of the film?

Answer: It's better explained in the novel, where the Chief is the narrator. Essentially, he played deaf and dumb, so he'd be left alone by the Nurse and the staff; seeing what they did to the other patients, he figured the less he was noticed, the better. In this way, he is privy to a lot of the seedier goings-on, since they don't think he can hear what they're saying or tell anyone what he's seen.

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