It's no surprise that it totally annihilated the competition at the Academy Awards, taking picture, director, best actor, best actress, and best adapted screenplay. But with the hardware aside, the film still manages to be so powerful because it serves as a testament to the raw power of acting. EVERYONE in the movie delivers a stunning performance, even the small supporting roles like the security guards.
One of the most interesting parts of the film for me were the scenes where the academics are trying to determine if Mr. Nicholson was crazy or not. They stuck with me because the men in the tweed jackets, just like us the viewer are not sure about the main characters sanity. It's a great dynamic that electrifies the film, and one that continues to debated.
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