"In one week I can put a bug so far up her ass, she don’t know whether to shit or wind her wristwatch."
Description: Jack Nicholson as mental patient Randle Patrick McMurphy talks to fellow patient Dale Harding (William Redfield) about Nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher) in the motion picture One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).
To avoid a stint of hard labor in prison, McMurphy, accused of statutory rape, convinces his keepers he should be sent to a mental ward, figuring it would be a nicer place to spend his sentence.
During his evaluation process at the Oregon State mental hospital, Dr. John Spivey (Dean R. Brooks) informs McMurphy, "Well, the real reason that you've been sent over here is because they wanted you to be evaluated... to determine whether or not you are mentally ill. This is the real reason. Why do you think they might think that?" McMurphy answers, "Well, as near as I can figure out, it's 'cause I, uh, fight and fuck too much."
Once inside the mental institution, McMurphy observes the patients in the asylum amd comes to the conclusion that they are not as wacko as they think and tells them, “What do you think you are, for Christ sake, crazy or something? Well, you’re not! You’re not! You’re no crazier than the average assholes out walking around on the streets and that’s it!”
McMurphy later admits “I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.” At one point Randle, not sure if his crazy act is working, tells one of the hospital employees, "Is that crazy enough for ya'? Want me to take a shit on the floor?"
During another evaluation sessions with Dr. Pivey, McMurphy shares his thoughts on why he was there in the first place:
"She was fifteen years old, going on thirty-five, Doc, and she told me she was eighteen, she was very willing, I practically had to take to sewing my pants shut. Between you and me, uh, she might have been fifteen, but when you get that little red beaver right up there in front of you, I don't think it's crazy at all and I don't think you do either. No man alive could resist that, and that's why I got into jail to begin with. And now they're telling me I'm crazy over here because I don't sit there like a goddamn vegetable. Don't make a bit of sense to me. If that's what being crazy is, then I'm senseless, out of it, gone-down-the-road, wacko. But no more, no less, that's it."
While in the loony bin, McMurphy meets Nurse Mildred Rached, a prim and proper, autocratic hospital employee who keeps control of the asylum by pitting one inmate with another. She also uses numbing medications and shock therapy to keep them in line. Sizing up this woman in a white uniform, McMurphy says, "I don’t want to break up the meeting, or nothing, but she’s something of a cunt, isn’t she?"
McMurphy believes that he can break Ratched and begins to challenge her control over the men in her charge, by instigating group insurrections large and small, ranging from a basketball game, to watching the World series on TV to an afternoon boat trip. But in the end, it is McMurphy who loses.
"If Mr. McMurphy doesn't want to take his medication orally, I'm sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way. But I don't think that he would like it."
McMurphy soon realizes that he will not be able to get out of this mad house without the recommendation of his now nemesis and so he tries to play nice, but his efforts are for naught, when in a fit of anger, he tries to strangle Nurse Ratched when she blames him for the death of Billy Bibbit (Brad Dourif), a shy, timid patient with a stutter who commits suicide (cutting his throat) after Ratched threatens to tell the man's mother he had sex with a "cheap" woman. It was McMurphy who planned (via bribery) an after-hours party with hookers and booze on the night he planned to escape the asylum.
Mc Murphy arranged for Billy to lose his virgnity with a girl named Candy (Mews Small), but with all the booze and medication, McMurphy and his friends fell asleep only to discovered the next morning by Nurse Ratched and her staff of orderlies.
After the attack on Nurse Ratched, Chief Bromden (Will Sampson), a large, alleged deaf and mute Native American Indian whom had befriended McMurphy discovers that Randle has been lobotomized. Saddened, he places a pillow over McMurphy's face and smothers him to death to put him out of his misery. The Chief then escapes the asylum, thus fulfilling McMurphy's wish to get out that place once and for all.
Note: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is based on the 1962 novel of the same name written by Ken Kesey. The book's title is based on a children's folk rhyme that reads: "Vintery, mintery, cutery, corn / Apple seed and apple thorn / Wire, briar, limber lock / Three geese in a flock / One flew East / One flew West / And one flew over the cuckoo's nest."
In the film Terms of Endearment (1983) Jack Nicholson as Garrett Breedlove tells Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) she needs “a lot of drinks.” “To break the ice?” inquires Aurora. “To kill the bug that you have up your ass,” Garrett proclaims.