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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 November 1975 (USA)
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Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Brocco ...
Dean R. Brooks ...
Alonzo Brown ...
William Duell ...
Josip Elic ...
Lan Fendors ...
Nathan George ...
Ken Kenny ...
Mel Lambert ...
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McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse. Written by Jacob Oberfrank

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If he's crazy, what does that make you?




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21 November 1975 (USA)  »

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Atrapado sin salida  »

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$4,400,000 (estimated)


$112,000,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Ken Kesey was so upset by the finished film that he sued Douglas and Zaentz for allegedly breaking a verbal agreement to not make wholesale changes from the novel. "They took out the morality ... they took out the Combine - the conspiracy that is America." He sued for 5% of the film's gross along with $800,000 for damages (equivalent to about $3.5 million in 2015). He eventually settled for 2.5% of the gross. See more »


As the chief and the boys are being escorted through the doorway on the way to their ECT, the male orderly with Chief is not the same one as the one on the other side of the doorway. The second one is much taller, nearly equal in height to the Chief. See more »


[first lines]
Attendant Warren: Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched: Good morning.
Attendant Washington: Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched: Mr. Washington.
Miller: Morning.
Nurse Ratched: Good morning.
Nurse Pilbow: Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched: Good morning.
Attendant Washington: Morning, Bancini.
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Crazy Credits

The cast is credited in alphabetical order in the end credits, except for Brad Dourif, who is listed last as follows: "and introducing / Brad Dourif as Billy Bibbit". See more »


Referenced in Who Is Bernard Tapie? (2001) See more »


I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
(1933) (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Samuel Lerner
Sung a cappella by Sydney Lassick while piloting the boat
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Best film of its era
15 April 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a landmark (one of the few I might add) in cinema. Pretty much everything in this film is at or close to perfection. And rightfully so, it became only the 2nd (1 in 3 films in history along with It Happened One Night and Silence of the Lambs) film to win the top five Oscars- Best Picture, Actor (Jack Nicholson), Actress (Louise Fletcher), Director (Forman), and Screenplay (Bo Goldman).

The story (based on Ken Kessey's astounding, though not too similar, novel) focuses on a rowdy misfit named Randle Patrick McMurphy (Nicholson) who is put in a mental hospital with other people (some voluntarily in) who are not all there. Some of these guys include Danny DeVito (in his first role), Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif (in his Oscar nominated role) and the never forgettable Will Sampson who played the Chief. The film, It's actors and scenes will always be terrific achievements in cinema and is one of my favorites.

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