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* UnreliableNarrator: Bromden is schizophrenic, and often hallucinates {{Literal Metaphor}}s and ties things into an overarching MindControlConspiracy. He even implies, in the very first part of the book, that ''none of the events in the novel actually happened.''

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* UnreliableNarrator: Bromden is schizophrenic, and often hallucinates {{Literal Metaphor}}s and ties things into an overarching MindControlConspiracy. He cops to altering what happened by stating that his narration is true, even implies, in the very first part of the book, that ''none of the events in the novel actually happened.'' if it didn't happen this way.
9th Aug '17 11:52:42 PM PaulA
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* BedlamHouse: The novel is set in one of these, which maintains an outward appearance of being a modern, progressive facility.


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* HiddenBuxom: Nurse Ratched resents having large breasts and tries to hide them.


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* LeastIsFirst: Charles Cheswick is the only man who is initially enthusiastic for [=McMurphy's=] scheme to change the ward schedule.


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* NoMedicationForMe: It is mentioned that the anti-seizure medication causes your teeth to fall out, which is a good reason why some of the patients don't want to take it.[[note]]In real life decreased salivation ("cotton mouth") is a side-effect of most psychoactive drugs of various kinds and daily use over a long period of time is likely to wreck your teeth.[[/note]] One gets the unfortunate side effect mentioned above, and decides he'd rather have the seizures; the other is terrified of having a seizure, and takes the medication intended for the first epileptic as well as his own to make sure he avoids it.


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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: [=McMurphy=] is both racist and sexist (although some of this can be attributed to ValuesDissonance). He repeatedly calls the black orderlies "coons," and at one point he claims that women who aren't sex objects are oppressive to men. When he first arrives at the mental hospital, before he knows any of the real reasons to object to Nurse Ratched's reign, his initial objection to her power is that it's "unnatural" for men to be so completely under the authority of a woman.


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* SoftSpokenSadist: Nurse Ratched.


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* YouJustToldMe: [=McMurphy=] runs through the hallways of the asylum warning the patients that an orderly is on their way to check on them. Everyone stops what they're doing and pretends to sleep, including Chief Bromden. After it turns out to be a false alarm, [=McMurphy=] casually says to Bromden, "Hey Chief, I could've sworn they told me you was deaf!"
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* BigBraToFill: Nurse Ratched has large breasts.
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* FieryRedheaded: [=McMurphy=] is a readheaded Irishman whose string of convictions includes a number of assaults.

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* FieryRedheaded: FieryRedhead: [=McMurphy=] is a readheaded Irishman whose string of convictions includes a number of assaults.
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* DCupDistress: Nurse Ratched resents having large breasts and tries to hide them.


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* DepravedDwarf: Warren the orderly.
* DoomedMoralVictor: [[spoiler:[=McMurphy=]'s attack on Ratched leads to his death but also to her downfall and improved conditions for his fellow inmates.]]
* DragonInChief: Nurse Ratched has authority over her asylum that is unchecked even by her superiors.


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* EmptyShell: Patients who are lobotomized become this.
* {{Epigraph}}:
-->''Wire, briar, limber-lock\\
Three geese in a flock\\
One flew east, one flew west\\
One flew over the cuckoo's nest''


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* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Subtly invoked the white-clad, emotionless Big Nurse, in contrast with the friendly, redheaded [=McMurphy=]. Both are usually described in terms suggesting winter and summer, respectively.
* FieryRedheaded: [=McMurphy=] is a readheaded Irishman whose string of convictions includes a number of assaults.
* FightingIrish: [=McMurphy=] is a readheaded Irishman whose string of convictions includes a number of assaults.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: "Chief" Bromden, who takes center stage over the hero [=McMurphy=] because his hallucinations [[RuleOfSymbolism highlight the symbolism of the book]], and because we have to look up to [=McMurphy=]. We can't ''be'' him.


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* InsanityDefense: [=McMurphy=] ''claims'' he's insane to get transferred to the institution to serve out the rest of his sentence in cushy surroundings, and is more than a little alarmed when he realizes that 'the rest of his sentence' is no longer the few months he thought it was, but when the doctors decide that he's no longer a threat to himself or others -- which, considering he's pissed off the evil Nurse Ratched, could mean an indefinite stay.
* IntimatePsychotherapy: [=McMurphy=] brings prostitutes onto the mental ward to [[SexAsRiteOfPassage make the other patients into men]]. After sleeping with one of the prostitutes, [[spoiler:Billy Bibbit]] becomes confident enough to finally stand up to Nurse Ratched. [[spoiler:This all goes down the toilet once Nurse Ratched threatens to tell Billy's mother about what happened, which drives poor Billy to suicide.]]


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* MadnessMantra: Ruckly, one of the Chronics, responds to everything by mumbling "Fffffuuck da wife".


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* TheMan: Bromden refers to "the Combine", an all-encompassing, mechanized MindControlConspiracy that represents systems of social control and conformity. The Combine's chief representative in the story is not a man but a woman -- specifically, Big Nurse Ratched.


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* NomDeMom: The Metis narrator is named Chief Bromden. He inherited "Chief" from his Indian dad, Chief Tee Ah Millatoona, but "Bromden" from his white mom.


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* OrderliesAreCreeps: The orderlies act as Nurse Ratched's enforcers. [=McMurphy=] beating one up in a fist fight is considered a triumphant achievement for the patients.


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* PrisonRape: Not exactly prison, but the orderlies at the Pendleton insane asylum love to give patients showers. They always check the patient's temperature at the same time they shower the patient, and they go down to Miss Ratched beforehand to get a rectal thermometer and a bottle of Vaseline. She admonishes them to use the minimum amount of Vaseline necessary, but they take the whole bottle inside with them, and they turn up the water pressure till the noise makes it impossible to hear anything that's going on inside...
* PsychoPsychologist: The actual doctors are sane if ineffectual, but then there's Miss Ratched, and the orderlies who may need help a lot worse than the patients.


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* Room101: The Disturbed Ward subverts this. Despite the electroshock therapy and lobotomies performed there, it's actually a ''refuge'' from Nurse Ratched's tyranny, and the staff will often try to prolong a patient's time on the Disturbed Ward because Ratched is just that nasty.


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* TheSchizophreniaConspiracy: "Chief" Bromden isn't given an explicit diagnosis but is usually interpreted as schizophrenic. One of the main themes of the novel is the patients' struggle against the "Combine", a vast force trying to control all of society through forced conformity. Not that this was Kesey's commentary on TheFifties in any way...


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* SexIsLiberation: Billy.


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* TerrifiedOfGerms: George Sorenson is constantly washing his hands until the skin is raw, but is such a germophobe he won't use soap. After the fishing trip and the participants are forced to take a special shower to be deloused, George has a meltdown.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The novel is narrated by "Chief" Bromden, a paranoid schizophrenic who hears machinery clanking in the walls, sees his fellow patients controlled like marionettes by Nurse Ratched, and repeatedly claims the entire ward is enveloped in a thick white fog that makes it impossible to see or move. At the beginning he claims that everything he describes "Is true even if it didn't happen." His narration doubles both as a terrifyingly astute metaphor, and a description of his own view of a reality that was long ago fucked over.


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* TheTrickster: [=McMurphy=].


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* TroubledAbuser: Warren, one of the ScaryBlackMan attendants who are downright abusive toward the patients of the mental hospital they work in, is said to have [[HarmfulToMinors seen his mother being raped by a white man as a child]].
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Was adapted into a critically-acclaimed 1975 movie co-produced by Creator/MichaelDouglas, directed by Creator/MilosForman, and starring Creator/JackNicholson as [=McMurphy=] and Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched. It became only the second movie to sweep the major [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Academy Awards]]--Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay--and remains one of only three, along with ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.

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Was adapted into [[Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest a critically-acclaimed 1975 movie co-produced by Creator/MichaelDouglas, movie]] directed by Creator/MilosForman, and starring Creator/JackNicholson as [=McMurphy=] and Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched. It became only the second movie to sweep the major [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Academy Awards]]--Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay--and remains one of only three, along with ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.
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!!This work provides examples of:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Inverted with Harding, who is described in the novel as looking like a film star. In the film, he looks like an average (or perhaps even slightly unattractive) middle-aged man. This may have to do with his homosexuality being toned down a lot in the movie, as he was a stereotypical pretty boy in the book.
** In the book, Nurse Ratched is frequently mentioned to be overweight (the cause of her large ladybags). Louise Fletcher... isn't. She is also described, in the book, as a handsome woman who was probably quite beautiful when she was in her prime.
* AdaptationDistillation: The movie cut out a lot of stuff. Still very good.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Relatively speaking, the Nurse Ratched presented in the film is a lot less sociopathic than the one in the book. While she retains the domineering and tyrannical behavior, she seems a lot less violent than her book self. Book!Nurse Ratched is introduced as already having lobotomized and submitted to brutal shock therapy several patients before the story even begins, and has cowed every one of her co-workers into submission. In the film no such facts are alluded to.
* AdaptationalWimp: In the book Harding, while pompous and perhaps overly verbose, was still quite clever and insightful, coming up with excellent ideas and giving some very cutting lectures about the situation of the hospital and [=McMurphy=]. In the film he's more of a straightforward ButtMonkey.
* AesopAmnesia / StatusQuoIsGod: TearJerker example. [=McMurphy=] challenges Nurse Ratched's authority and unfair rules at every turn and becomes something of a hero to the sheepish patients, leading them to explore and regain their own lost individuality...at least until [[spoiler:[=McMurphy=] attacks Ratched in order to avenge her driving Billy to suicide and is moved to another part of the hospital and lobotomized. The Chief clearly doesn't forget what [=McMurphy=] taught him, but all the other patients seem to, and when the film ends, they're all back to behaving as they did before [=McMurphy=] arrived. This doesn't happen in the book, as Murphy's attack damaged her vocal chords, and none of the patients are afraid of a ''mute'' BattleaxeNurse]].
* AffectionateParody: For the longest time, ''TheSimpsons'' was rather fond of parodying this, leading to a rather severe case of PopCultureOsmosis.

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!!This work novel provides examples of:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Inverted with Harding, who is described in the novel as looking like a film star. In the film, he looks like an average (or perhaps even slightly unattractive) middle-aged man. This may have to do with his homosexuality being toned down a lot in the movie, as he was a stereotypical pretty boy in the book.
** In the book, Nurse Ratched is frequently mentioned to be overweight (the cause of her large ladybags). Louise Fletcher... isn't. She is also described, in the book, as a handsome woman who was probably quite beautiful when she was in her prime.
* AdaptationDistillation: The movie cut out a lot of stuff. Still very good.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Relatively speaking, the Nurse Ratched presented in the film is a lot less sociopathic than the one in the book. While she retains the domineering and tyrannical behavior, she seems a lot less violent than her book self. Book!Nurse Ratched is introduced as already having lobotomized and submitted to brutal shock therapy several patients before the story even begins, and has cowed every one of her co-workers into submission. In the film no such facts are alluded to.
* AdaptationalWimp: In the book Harding, while pompous and perhaps overly verbose, was still quite clever and insightful, coming up with excellent ideas and giving some very cutting lectures about the situation of the hospital and [=McMurphy=]. In the film he's more of a straightforward ButtMonkey.
* AesopAmnesia / StatusQuoIsGod: TearJerker example. [=McMurphy=] challenges Nurse Ratched's authority and unfair rules at every turn and becomes something of a hero to the sheepish patients, leading them to explore and regain their own lost individuality...at least until [[spoiler:[=McMurphy=] attacks Ratched in order to avenge her driving Billy to suicide and is moved to another part of the hospital and lobotomized. The Chief clearly doesn't forget what [=McMurphy=] taught him, but all the other patients seem to, and when the film ends, they're all back to behaving as they did before [=McMurphy=] arrived. This doesn't happen in the book, as Murphy's attack damaged her vocal chords, and none of the patients are afraid of a ''mute'' BattleaxeNurse]].
* AffectionateParody: For the longest time, ''TheSimpsons'' was rather fond of parodying this, leading to a rather severe case of PopCultureOsmosis.
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* AscendedExtra: In the book, Taber was a past patient mentioned a few times by Chief. In the film adaptation, he is a main character on the ward while [=McMurphy=] is there.



* BattleaxeNurse: Miss Ratched, one of the most famous in literature or film.

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* BattleaxeNurse: Miss Ratched, one of the most famous in literature or film.Ratched.



* BigBraToFill: Nurse Ratched in the book has large breasts, Louise Fletcher doesn't.

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* BigBraToFill: Nurse Ratched in the book has large breasts, Louise Fletcher doesn't.breasts.



* ButtMonkey: Harding, especially in the film. And Mr. Turkle, the night orderly.

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* ButtMonkey: Harding, especially in the film. And and Mr. Turkle, the night orderly.



* ChekhovsSkill: SubvertedTrope. [[spoiler: [=McMurphy=] is shown to fake being a vegetable earlier after the shock treatment, but [[BittersweetEnding regrettably]] wasn't faking it later on.]]
* CreatorCameo: Producer Saul Zaentz appears as a man at the inmates' bus outing.



* DecoyProtagonist: Arguably the movie sets it up like [=McMurphy=] is the main character, only revealing that the original POV character, Chief, is the main character [[spoiler: after [=McMurphy=] is lobotomized.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Doctor Spivey has a lot fewer scenes in the adaptation, and his whole character arc is removed wholesale. [[spoiler: In the novel he spearheads the reformation of the hospital after Ratched is gone]].
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Poor Billy Bibbit and old Charles Cheswick (Cheswick in the novel only, as he survives the film).]]

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* DecoyProtagonist: Arguably the movie sets it up like [=McMurphy=] is the main character, only revealing that the original POV character, Chief, is the main character [[spoiler: after [=McMurphy=] is lobotomized.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Doctor Spivey has a lot fewer scenes in the adaptation, and his whole character arc is removed wholesale. [[spoiler: In the novel he spearheads the reformation of the hospital after Ratched is gone]].
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Poor Billy Bibbit and old Charles Cheswick (Cheswick in the novel only, as he survives the film).Cheswick.]]



* EvenTheGuysWantHim: In the book, Bromden momentarily questions his sexuality when contemplating [=McMurphy's=] magnetism.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Made in 1975. Kesey didn't like it (mainly due to the massive changes), but it was critically acclaimed and became one of only three films to win all of the "Big Five" Oscars (best picture, screenplay, director, actor, and actress). Kesey's reaction was no doubt also fueled by the fact that he received no money for it.

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* EvenTheGuysWantHim: In the book, Bromden momentarily questions his sexuality when contemplating [=McMurphy's=] magnetism.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Made in 1975. Kesey didn't like it (mainly due to the massive changes), but it was critically acclaimed and became one of only three films to win all of the "Big Five" Oscars (best picture, screenplay, director, actor, and actress). Kesey's reaction was no doubt also fueled by the fact that he received no money for it.
magnetism.



* GoAmongMadPeople: One of the most famous examples. [=McMurphy=] feigned insanity and got himself sent to the asylum thinking it would be an easy way out from his prison sentence. He was dead wrong.
* HateSink: Nurse Ratched. According to the DVD extras, at one point it got so bad that Louise Fletcher ''herself'' stripped to her underwear on set to "prove she wasn't a monster".
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies: [=McMurphy=] himself at the end.]]

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* GoAmongMadPeople: One of the most famous examples. [=McMurphy=] feigned insanity and got himself sent to the asylum thinking it would be an easy way out from his prison sentence. He was dead wrong.
* HateSink: Nurse Ratched. According to the DVD extras, at one point it got so bad that Louise Fletcher ''herself'' stripped to her underwear on set to "prove she wasn't a monster".
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* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies: [=McMurphy=] [[spoiler:[=McMurphy=] himself at the end.]]



* HospitalHottie: Nurse Pilbow, at least in the film. In the book, the inmates comment that Nurse Ratched would be quite attractive if she weren't so emotionless and intimidating.
** [[https://www.britannica.com/topic/One-Flew-over-the-Cuckoos-Nest-film-by-Forman/images-videos/Louise-Fletcher-in-One-Flew-over-the-Cuckoos-Nest/71348 Not just in the book]].

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* HospitalHottie: Nurse Pilbow, at least in the film. In the book, the The inmates comment that Nurse Ratched would be quite attractive if she weren't so emotionless and intimidating.
** [[https://www.britannica.com/topic/One-Flew-over-the-Cuckoos-Nest-film-by-Forman/images-videos/Louise-Fletcher-in-One-Flew-over-the-Cuckoos-Nest/71348 Not just in the book]].
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* JailBait: Why [=McMurphy=] was incarcerated to begin with. As he explains to Spivey in the film:
-->'''[=McMurphy=]''': She was fifteen years old goin' on thirty-five, Doc, and she [[TotallyEighteen told me she was eighteen]]. She was very willing, you know what I mean? I practically had to take to sewin' my pants shut.
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: [=McMurphy=] got into this whole jail to mental hospital [[spoiler:to lobotomy and ultimately to death]] situation because he committed statutory rape on a fifteen-year-old girl. At the time of the book's publication (1962) and the time of the film's release (1975) [[JailBait statutory rape of the kind involving an adult and a teenager]] [[ValuesDissonance was considered to be less of an issue than it is considered to be today.]]

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* JailBait: Why [=McMurphy=] was incarcerated to begin with. As he explains to Spivey in the film:
-->'''[=McMurphy=]''': She was fifteen years old goin' on thirty-five, Doc, and she [[TotallyEighteen told me she was eighteen]]. She was very willing, you know what I mean? I practically had to take to sewin' my pants shut.
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* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: [=McMurphy=] got into this whole jail to mental hospital [[spoiler:to lobotomy and ultimately to death]] situation because he committed statutory rape on a fifteen-year-old girl. At the time of the book's publication (1962) and the time of the film's release (1975) [[JailBait statutory rape of the kind involving an adult and a teenager]] [[ValuesDissonance was considered to be less of an issue than it is considered to be today.]]



* LargeHam: Movie-wise, Creator/JackNicholson and Creator/ChristopherLloyd, of course.



* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Done on [=McMurphy=] for a full minute at the end of the party.



* MessianicArchetype: [=McMurphy=]. Lampshaded when he and 12 other guys all go fishing. In the book, Harding compares the EST victim to Jesus on the cross. [=McMurphy=] is also friends with a prostitute called Mary. Bromden describes [=McMurphy=] as a "giant sent from the sky to save us." Billy Bibbit commits suicide after betraying him.

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* MessianicArchetype: [=McMurphy=]. Lampshaded when he and 12 other guys all go fishing. In the book, Harding compares the EST victim to Jesus on the cross. [=McMurphy=] is also friends with a prostitute called Mary. Bromden describes [=McMurphy=] as a "giant sent from the sky to save us." Billy Bibbit commits suicide after betraying him.



* {{Mondegreen}}: In the movie, after [=McMurphy=] attempts (and fails) to lift the hydrotherapy console in the tub room, he tells the others, "I tried, didn't I? Goddammit." Some audience members heard this as, "I tried and I died. Dammit.", as some metaphorical way of expressing himself.



* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: This excerpt from the fishing trip of the movie adaptation:
--> '''[=McMurphy=]''': This is Dr. Cheswick, Dr. Taber, Dr. Frederickson, Dr. Scanlon, the famous Dr. Scanlon, [[ButtMonkey Mr. Harding]], Dr. Bibbit, Dr. Martini, and Dr. Sefelt...Oh, I'm Dr. [=McMurphy=], R. P. [=McMurphy=].
* ObfuscatingDisability / ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Chief Bromden]]. To clarify, [[spoiler: he IS insane, just not a deaf mute.]]

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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: This excerpt from the fishing trip of the movie adaptation:
--> '''[=McMurphy=]''': This is Dr. Cheswick, Dr. Taber, Dr. Frederickson, Dr. Scanlon, the famous Dr. Scanlon, [[ButtMonkey Mr. Harding]], Dr. Bibbit, Dr. Martini, and Dr. Sefelt...Oh, I'm Dr. [=McMurphy=], R. P. [=McMurphy=].
* ObfuscatingDisability / ObfuscatingStupidity:
ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler:Chief Bromden]]. To clarify, [[spoiler: he IS insane, just not a deaf mute.]]



* PerspectiveFlip: TheMovie is the book told from [=McMurphy=]'s point of view.



* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Charles Cheswick]] in the movie, [[spoiler:the novel has him drown in a swimming pool]]. According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler: Cheswick]] was spared to make [[spoiler: Billy Bibbit's]] death all the more shocking.



* SupportingProtagonist: Bromden in the novel is the narrator, but [=McMurphy=] is the protagonist. In the film [=McMurphy=] is the viewpoint character as well.
* TitleDrop: In the novel, the child's poem containting the title appears when Bromden narrates [[spoiler:the repressed memories from his childhood that come to his mind during electroshock therapy]].

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* SupportingProtagonist: Bromden in the novel is the narrator, but [=McMurphy=] is the protagonist. In the film [=McMurphy=] is the viewpoint character as well.
protagonist.
* TitleDrop: In the novel, the The child's poem containting containing the title appears when Bromden narrates [[spoiler:the repressed memories from his childhood that come to his mind during electroshock therapy]].



* TheVoiceless: Despite an impressive amount of screentime, Nurse Pilbow utters maybe just a couple of syllables throughout the entire movie and her entire purpose is to perform Nurse Ratched's orders. Also, the camera tends to zoom onto her face whenever the patients start displaying extraordinary behavior.



* WhamLine: The book being from Bromden's perspective and the movie from Mac's provides us with two contrasting reveals, both of which are provided by a single line: in the movie, [[spoiler: Mac passes supposedly deaf/mute Bromden a stick of chewing gum and Bromden says, "Thank you."]] The book's WhamLine is possibly less impactful on the story, as it is more illustrative of a character than something that fundamentally changes our perception of them, but it still comes as a shock: we know [[spoiler: Bromden is faking being deaf/mute right from the start.]] What we don't know until roughly the halfway point is that [[spoiler: Mac has him figured out quite early on: Chief reacts when Mac warns him about the black aide coming to which Mac responded with a snicker and "I thought somebody told me you was deef."]]

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* WhamLine: The book being from Bromden's perspective and the movie from Mac's provides us with two contrasting reveals, both of which are provided by a single line: in the movie, [[spoiler: Mac passes supposedly deaf/mute Bromden a stick of chewing gum and Bromden says, "Thank you."]] The book's WhamLine is possibly less impactful on the story, as it is more WhamLine:
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illustrative of a character than something that fundamentally changes our perception of them, but it still comes as a shock: we know [[spoiler: Bromden [[spoiler:Bromden is faking being deaf/mute right from the start.]] What we don't know until roughly the halfway point is that [[spoiler: Mac [[spoiler:Mac has him figured out quite early on: Chief reacts when Mac warns him about the black aide coming coming, to which Mac responded with a snicker and "I thought somebody told me you was deef."]]



* WhiteMaleLead: While the original novel is narrated by Bromden, a Native American, the film makes [=McMurphy=] into the lead. Justified because [[PragmaticAdaptation the main conflict involves McMurphy and Nurse Ratched, and Chief Bromden's first-person narration in the book is completely lost in a visual medium like film]].
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* MeaningfulName: Bromden, an anagram of ''bromide'', a tranquilizer.

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* MeaningfulName: Bromden, an anagram of related to ''bromide'', a tranquilizer.



* OnlySaneMan: [=McMurphy=], literally. Also Bromden in the book, although he does not necessarily see himself as such.

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* OnlySaneMan: [=McMurphy=], literally. Also Bromden in the book, although he does not necessarily see himself as such.
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* DeathOfPersonality: As a result of [[spoiler:McMurphy's lobotomy]].

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* DeathOfPersonality: As a result of [[spoiler:McMurphy's [[spoiler:[=McMurphy's=] lobotomy]].



* EvenTheGuysWantHim: In the book, Bromden momentarily questions his sexuality when contemplating [=McMurphy's=] magnetism.



* FunWithAcronyms: Randle Patrick [=McMurphy=], R.P.M., is in constant, often circular (metaphorical) motion.



* MeaningfulAcronym: Randle Patrick McMurphy, R.P.M., is in constant, often circular (metaphorical) motion.



* OnlySaneMan: McMurphy, literally. Also Bromden in the book, although he does not necessarily see himself as such.

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* OnlySaneMan: McMurphy, [=McMurphy=], literally. Also Bromden in the book, although he does not necessarily see himself as such.
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* DeathOfPersonality: As a result of [[spoiler:McMurphy's lobotomy]].


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* MeaningfulAcronym: Randle Patrick McMurphy, R.P.M., is in constant, often circular (metaphorical) motion.


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* OnlySaneMan: McMurphy, literally. Also Bromden in the book, although he does not necessarily see himself as such.
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* MeaningfulName: Bromden, an anagram of ''bromide'', a tranquilizer.
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