Institutionalized neurotics are really not so different from the rest of us, except that they have found a place that their quirks can call home. Though compressed as a group into a confined space and presented with a common authoritarian opponent, the feebs and lunatics of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) continuously bicker and steadfastly refuse to bond. The patients remain isolated within their individual manias until an unlikely catalyst arrives. This semi-sociopath has conned his way into the nut ward seeking an easier, softer form of incarceration after being convicted of having had sex with a minor. A super-sex-creep and work-farm shirker would seem to be an unlikely motivational hero, but this petty hoodlum’s galvanizing effect on his fellow inmates is only the first among many magical surprises of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.