Why is the movie “One flew over the cucoo’s nest” called like that?

Question by clr1023: Why is the movie “One flew over the cucoo’s nest” called like that?
I’m a Spanish speaker, I watched that movie and I don’t get the meaning of the title of that movie.

Please help me. Thanks beforehand

Best answer:

Answer by KS
The Cuckoo’s Nest is referring to the asylum, and one flew over, means that a person escaped.

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  1. It’s a movie version of a book of the same title by Ken Kesey.

    Explanation of the novel’s title… (Chief Bromden is the narrator and the American Indian in the film and book)

    “The title comes from Chief Bromden’s memory of a rhyme his grandmother taught him when he was a child; One flew east, One flew west, One flew over the cuckoo’s nest. The three geese described by the rhyme can be seen, respectively, as Nurse Ratched, McMurphy, and Chief. McMurphy and Ratched directly oppose each other, literally and symbolically, represented by the geese flying east and west. Chief, on the other hand, is caught in the middle, and his struggle to regain sanity in the mental institution (and the larger society it represents) is symbolized by the third goose’s flight.”

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