What's the Difference between One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest the Book and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest the Movie?

Drama

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

45%
Released: 1962
Author: Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

55%
Released: 1975
Director: Miloš Forman
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In the Book In the Movie
Chief Bromden
Chief Bromden
Portrayed by: Will Sampson
Randle Patrick McMurphy
Randle Patrick McMurphy
Portrayed by: Jack Nicholson
Nurse Ratched
Nurse Ratched
Portrayed by: Louise Fletcher
Dale Harding
Dale Harding
Portrayed by: William Redfield
Charles Cheswick
Charlie Cheswick
Portrayed by: Sydney Lassick
William 'Billy' Bibbit
William 'Billy' Bibbit
Portrayed by: Brad Dourif
Scanlon
Scanlon
Portrayed by: Delos V. Smith Jr.
Max Taber
Max Taber
Portrayed by: Christopher Lloyd
George Sorensen
This Character does not appear.
Martini
Martini
Portrayed by: Danny DeVito
Dr. Spivey
Dr. John Spivey
Portrayed by: Dean R. Brooks
Candy
Candy
Portrayed by: Marya Small
Turkle
Turkle
Portrayed by: Scatman Crothers
Jim Sefelt
Jim Sefelt
Portrayed by: William Duell
Bruce Fredrickson
Frederickson
Portrayed by: Vincent Schiavelli
Sandy
Rose
Portrayed by: Louisa Moritz
Pete Bancini
Pete Bancini
Portrayed by: Josip Elic
Washington
Washington
Portrayed by: Nathan George
Williams
Miller
Portrayed by: Alonzo Brown
Warren
Warren
Portrayed by: Mwako Cumbuka
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   By the time McMurphy is admitted into the hospital, Taber has already been "fixed" and released. Taber is present throughout most of the story.
   Cheswick drowns in the hospital pool about halfway through the novel. Cheswick does not drown, is present during the fishing trip, and is sent to the Disturbed ward along with McMurphy and Bromden.
   The pool lifeguard, a fellow inmate, tells McMurphy that the nurses have the final say about how long the inmates have to stay in the hospital. Washington tells this to McMurphy.
   Bromden, the narrator, reminisces in great detail about his life prior to the hospital, as the child of an indian tribe that was forced to give up their home by the Combine, and later a soldier. This is not shown.
   Bromden narrates how he perceives the bulk of society to function as a machine called the Combine, comparing the hospital's staff and facilities to various mechanisms. Bromden's inner monologue is absent.
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