The Movie Peter Berg's 'Seen A Million Times'

Play associated audio

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen a Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For director Peter Berg, whose credits include Friday Night Lights, Hancock and the new film Battleship — in theaters now — the movie he can't get enough of is Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.


Berg says he first saw the movie when he was about 12 or 13. "My parents, for whatever reason, thought I could handle it," he says, "and Cuckoo's Nest just hit me like a freight train."

The film takes place in the ward of a psych unit ruled by Nurse Ratched, played by Louise Fletcher. "Into this world comes this force of life, Jack Nicholson," Berg says. "His natural spirit can't tolerate that system; he goes to war with the system."

That's the freight train part. "It was sort of like, 'F the system,' you know? Even in my young mind at that time, it started landing."

Berg turned 50 this year, and to celebrate, he watched the movie with his 12-year-old son. When it came to Berg's favorite scene, "the fishing boat sequence," his son, too, could handle it.

"He was really into it. He was just laughing and so caught up in the kind of genius magic of the fact that somehow these guys had pulled this off," Berg says.

"That was kind of my favorite birthday. It was just kind of low-key," he says. "We just had dinner and watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest together."

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
NPR

How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.
WAMU 88.5

Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

WAMU 88.5

Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.