Is the State……….Nurse Ratched?

Nurse Ratched the antagonist of the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was named the fifth-greatest villain in film history by theĀ American Film Institute.

I would contend that by the end of the film, most viewers have grown to utterly despise Nurse Ratched.

But what makes Louise Fletcher’s depiction so stirring, is that she doesn’t provide us with a well-acted cartoon villain, twirling her moustache as she plots to lobotomise McMurphy and accidentally causes the suicide of Billy Bibbitt, the son of one of her friends.…

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