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
   McMurphy and Bromden are sent to the Disturbed ward after getting into a fight with the wardens when McMurphy tried to dissuade one of them from forcing medication onto the germophobe George in the showers. McMurphy gets into a fight with the wardens after breaking the nurse's station window to get Cheswick's cigarettes. After Bromden helps him, all three are sent to the Disturbed ward.
   By the time McMurphy is admitted into the hospital, Taber has already been "fixed" and released. Taber is present throughout most of the story.
   After Ratched's scuffle with McMurphy, she is shown to be highly bruised and incapable of speaking, using a notepad to communicate with the patients. Ratched wears a cervical collar, but otherwise seems superficially unharmed.
   When the world series is scheduled to come on TV, McMurphy sits in front of the set, which has been turned off by Ratched, and simply remains there as the other patients join him and Ratched screams for them to go back to work. McMurphy starts to narrate an imaginary match, which prompts the other patients to stop working and sit around him. Ratched simply uses the loudspeaker to try and get them back to work.
   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.
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