A Year: Day to Day Men: 19th of November, Solar Year 2017

The Afternoon Nap

On November 19, 1975, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” based on the book by Ken Kesey, directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher is released by Fantasy  Films. The movie was filmed at the Oregon State Mental Hospital which was overseen by Doctor Dean R Brooks. Emotionally strained by a demanding shooting schedule that kept him three thousand miles from his future wife, Danny DeVito (who played the character Martini) developed the coping mechanism of an imaginary friend, with whom he would have nightly chats. Concerned that his own sanity might be slipping away, DeVito sought the advice of Dr. Brooks, who assured him that there was no reason to worry, as long as DeVito could still identify the character as fictional.

In 1976, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” won the Academy Award for Best Picture: Jack Nicholson won for Best Actor; Louise Fletcher won for Best Actress; Milos Forman won for Best Director; and Bo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben won for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay.

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