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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?


Faye Dunaway and Audrey Hepburn turned down the role of Nurse Ratched. See more »


After McMurphy hijacks the bus and is driving through town, there are some 1970s automobiles, including a Plymouth Duster and Chevy Nova, and a store with lots of color TVs in the window. The movie is set in 1963, according to the World Series broadcast. 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 »


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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A perfect mixture of entertainment and drama.
6 August 2005 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Czech director Milos Forman seems to be obsessed with rebellious characters that don't like to go with the flow. Just think about Larry Flynt in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" or Andy Kaufman in "Man on the Moon", in the two most recent movies of Forman. The central character in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" played by Jack Nicholson is also one of those characters, that wants to break the routine and even starts a revolt against the staff and nurse Ratchett in particular, in a mental institution.

The movie is perhaps more comedy and entertainment than heavy drama. Still that doesn't mean that the movie isn't filled with some powerful emotional sequences. The tension between the patients and the staff gets more and more notable and grows throughout the movie, which eventually leads to a 'wonderful' ending which I'm not going to spoil.

Yes, Jack Nicholson is truly splendid in his role and it seemed like he was improvising all his lines and actions during the entire movie. It was a really Oscar worthy performances, which he also received. Another Oscar winner for her performance was Louise Fletcher, which in my opinion is a bit too much credit. She plays her role well but nothing more than that. She did not deeply impressed me or anything. This movie also marks the debut for some today well known actors such as Danny DeVito (he looked so young and different!), Christopher Lloyd and Brad Dourif, who also received an Oscar nomination.

Really one of those movies that you must have seen at least once in your life.



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