One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by: Ken Kesey, Dale Wasserman

by: Ken Kesey, Dale Wasserman

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by: Ken Kesey, Dale Wasserman

by: Ken Kesey, Dale Wasserman

Overview

Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. He quickly takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction: a frontal lobotomy. 

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Keywords

Illness/Health

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

Details

  • Genre: Adaptations (Literature)
  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Adult

Authors

Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey

Dale Wasserman

Dale Wasserman wrote for theater, television and film for more than 50 years and is best known for the musical Man of La Mancha, a multiple Tony Award winner. He also wrote the stage play One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, b ...

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