DEPOE BAY — A forecast of rain and 60-mile-per-hour winds couldn’t stop the unveiling of the latest Oregon Film Trail sign in Depoe Bay.
City officials, members of the community and at least one state politician came out in the wind and the rain Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19, to witness the unveiling the sign adjacent to Depoe Bay Harbor, which was erected to commemorate Depoe Bay as the site of at least one scene in the 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
“I’m very excited about this opportunity for our community,” said Laura Furgurson, executive director for the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce. “I’m a film buff, and I love this movie.”
The Oregon Film Trail is a project from combined efforts from multiple organizations — including Oregon Film, the OregonMade Creative Foundation, Travel Oregon, the Oregon Coast Visitors Association and local groups all over the state — to place signs signifying where scenes were filmed for movies made in Oregon. Lincoln County has at least one other sign from the Oregon Film Trail marking where a scene from the 1971 film “Sometimes A Great Notion” was filmed in Gleneden Beach State Park. That sign, according to Depoe Bay Mayor Robert Gambino, was the first sign on the Oregon Film Trail.
The sign for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” however, is the first sign in Depoe Bay.
The sign in Depoe Bay Harbor wasn’t just about celebrating a movie filmed partially in Oregon, according to local officials. It was also about drawing attention to a serious subject — mental illness — discussed in the film, as well.
“For me, a lot of this is about bringing awareness to mental health,” Furgurson said. “In the film, some of the film was hard to take. That they were willing to do that in 1975 is pretty amazing.”
The 1975 film, which depicts a convict sentenced to serve time in a mental institution, starred Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Will Sampson, Sydney Lassick, Brad Dourif, Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd.