One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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Director:Miloš Forman
Written by:Ken Kesey (Novel), Bo Goldman (Screenplay), Lawrence Hauben (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy, inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.

Film Scripts About Psychiatric Institutions

Psychiatric institutions are a mysterious world to most people. Despite the fact that most people suffer from psychological disorders, most are treated outside of a clinic with medicine and therapy. People who end up in psychiatric institutions are frightening to those in the outside world. For some reason, these people were unable to be treated with traditional techniques and methods to the point that they became a risk to themselves or others.

Because of this, psychiatric institutions are otherworldly- an experience that many fear to enter but will do so if from the safety of their home. Many films have been made about psychiatric institutions. Dramas, comedies and horror films have taken from the taboo world to create fictional stories that delight viewers. However, there are a few films that stand out from the rest.

From the complex world of psychiatric institutions, here are some of the best scripts that depict both the gritty realism of the experience and an interesting story to go along with it.

  1. (1975) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Script
  2. (1995) 12 Monkeys Script
  3. (1999) Girl, Interrupted Script
  4. (2001) Don’t Say a Word Script [Transcript]
  5. (2002) The Ring Script [Transcript]
  6. (2008) Changeling Script


Brad Dourif Scripts

There is just something about Brad Dourif that makes him perfect for horror films. His childlike face exudes innocence at one moment yet transforms into a terrifying vision when he makes the decision to be frightening. His voice can be kind and gentle one moment yet turn into a vicious tone that would be characteristic of a psychopathic serial killer. In films, he often appears to be a troubled soul tortured by angels and demons fighting for authority over him. He is a brilliant actor that encourages sympathy and hatred at will.

Since his stunning performance as Billy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Hollywood has kept him busy with films ranging from dramas to horror films. The characters he plays are always three-dimensional due to his acting ability- not necessarily the nature of the role. In the Child’s Play series of horror films, Dourif (as Chucky) captures qualities to the psychopathic dolls that not many other actors could accurately portray. In the Exorcist 3, Dourif characterizes a psychopathic serial killer with such enthusiasm that a viewer may be terrified speechless at the intensity of his scenes.

Despite the fact that Dourif has been stereotyped as a member of the horror genre, his acting ability shows his ability to blend into other roles with precision and depth that would be lost in a less talented actor.