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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (19 Feb 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000025ZOB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "finishing" on 18 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the best anti road-rage record ever produced! I know this wasn't the composers original aim but the sounds on this record cannot but take you to a calmer place. All this and Jingle Bells too. If you're a fan of the film, get this and your whole life will feel calmer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kasper Hovgaard on 10 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
The - mainly - jazz composer, Jack Nitzsche, isn't one of the world's most celebrated artists. But this 1975 soundtrack for Czech Milos Forman's film based on the Ken Kesey classic novel is definetely one of the most characteristic soundtracks ever made.
Even though two of the tracks ("Charmaine", and (of course) "Jingle Bells") aren't Nitzsches own, there are plenty of other catchy tunes to choose from. All of the tracks are quite melodic. But how can 12 simple instrumental tracks be so memorable? Simply because they're both highly original and incredibly melancholic.
The most charcteristic track is perhaps "Medication Valse" that, in musical terms, really underlines the horrible medical pacification of the meantal patients. Several tracks resembles the "Hawaiian" atmosphere that characterized the easy-listening music of the petty bourgeois 1950s. In between you can hear some happy rhythmic pieces such as "Bus Ride To Paradise".
The vibrating saw played on the title track (and the extended reprise with drums in the end) is perhaps the most tear-jerking piece. But still... It's damn beautiful!
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
listen to this and you can visualise the film a brilliant mnemonic. This sound track especially the saw is very memorable
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Music For Pleasure 18 Feb 2002
By Bud Sturguess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
C.S. Lewis, author of "The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe" series, once described a piece of music as having the ability to make you want to, "Laugh, cry, dance, and make you want to mind your manners all at the same time." This description fits the score to the brilliant film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" to a T. The entire flow of classic composer Jack Nitzsche's soundtrack is delightful. Every piece of music sparks a different emotion. Definitely of equal caliber to the film. If you're in need of music for pleasure, Jack Nitzsche's score to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" will do the trick.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent soundtrack 28 April 2001
By Pamela Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Excellent soundtrack. The songs with symphony music are really relaxing. I especially like the song called Bus Ride to Paradise because when I play it in my car I can picture in my mind what happens in the movie when I hear this song. Also I guess it makes me feel like I'm taking a car ride to paradise with Jack. Ha Ha. I also like the songs that have the Hawaiian sound to them.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Poetry 14 Oct 2000
By Massimo Sini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The overall score could not be excellent, but if you've loved the movie you need it. It'll give you goosebumps each time you fly trough the "Act of love"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Buy! 20 Sep 2011
By Blanche Devereaux - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of my favorite movies of all time. I watch the movie several times a year and never tire of it. I was glad when I finally found the CD. The music is superb and everytime I listen to it I'm reminded of the different scenes in the movie. Even if you have not seen the movie it's great easy listening music. Not for the fans of heavy metal or hard rock for sure but for the quiet types it's a sure bet. Very nice when you're curled up with a good book.
A book, a movie, a soundtrack 4 Aug 2014
By Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After so many years after I watched Milos Forman movie, I finally read Ken Kesey's book (originally published in 1962). I did like it a lot, and I found the movie actually to be very much based on the novel, almost literally. The novel is told from the point of view of Chief Bromden (actor Will Sampson on the movie). This particular edition is a Deluxe Edition from Penguin including a foreword by Chcuck Palahniuk, an introduction by Robert Faggen, and most importantly, sketches by Ken Kesey all over the book (he writes a short introduction about this as well). If you already have this book already, the old edition, I find the sketches to be absolutely worth buying this book again.

Milos Forman brought to live an excellent story and created a masterpiece of a movie. Filmed on location at the Oregon State Mental Hospital - 2600 Center Street NE, Salem, Oregon, USA, and starred by Jack Nicholson (Randle McMurphy) in perhaps the most brilliant act of his whole career (which is saying a lot), the movie surpasses the movie in my humble opinion. I stated above the movie is very much following the book. However, the main difference between the movie and the book is that the movie is not told from the point of view of Chief, but Randle McMurphy's. The movie was the hit of 1976, taking BEST MOVIE at the Academy Awards (Oscar) and Best Actor for Nicholson, Best Actress for Louise Fletcher, Best Director for Milos Forman, Best Adapted Screenplay for Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman. By the way, did you know that Ken Kesey NEVER watched Milos Forman movie of his acclaimed book? Hard to believe, but true.

Finally, Jack Nitzsche's soundtrack, which is very good, although not great. It lost in the Academy Awards against John William's Jaws. The soundtrack is kind of short (about 30 minutes), and it is, like the book, told from the perspective of Chief. Thus, the several Indian musical elements. Although not great, I still enjoy listening to it very much, specially the opening and closing credits, which really transports you to the ward and the minds of the Acutes.

In conclusion:
Book: 4 stars
Movie: 5 stars
Soundtrack: 3.5 stars.
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