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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Hauben (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
21 November 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
If he's crazy, what does that make you?
Plot:
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One Flew Over One of the Best Movies Ever Made!!! (And that person was me) See more (790 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Berryman ... Ellis

Peter Brocco ... Col. Matterson
Dean R. Brooks ... Dr. Spivey
Alonzo Brown ... Miller

Scatman Crothers ... Turkle

Mwako Cumbuka ... Warren

Danny DeVito ... Martini
William Duell ... Sefelt
Josip Elic ... Bancini
Lan Fendors ... Nurse Itsu

Louise Fletcher ... Nurse Ratched
Nathan George ... Washington
Ken Kenny ... Beans Garfield
Mel Lambert ... Harbor Master

Sydney Lassick ... Cheswick
Kay Lee ... Night Supervisor

Christopher Lloyd ... Taber
Dwight Marfield ... Ellsworth

Ted Markland ... Hap Arlich

Louisa Moritz ... Rose

Jack Nicholson ... R.P. McMurphy

William Redfield ... Harding
Philip Roth ... Woolsey (as Phil Roth)

Will Sampson ... Chief Bromden
Mimi Sarkisian ... Nurse Pilbow

Vincent Schiavelli ... Fredrickson

Mews Small ... Candy (as Marya Small)
Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Scanlon
Tin Welch ... Ruckley

Brad Dourif ... Billy Bibbit
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Aurore Clément ... Lady on Pier (uncredited)
Bill Gratton ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Anjelica Huston ... Woman in Crowd on Pier (uncredited)

Audrey Landers ... Actress on TV Screen (uncredited)
Tom McCall ... News Commentator (uncredited)
James V. Shore ... Doctor (uncredited)

Saul Zaentz ... Captain on Shore (uncredited)

Directed by
Milos Forman 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Hauben (screenplay) and
Bo Goldman (screenplay)

Ken Kesey (based on the novel by)

Dale Wasserman (the play version: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by)

Produced by
Michael Douglas .... producer
Martin Fink .... associate producer
Saul Zaentz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sheldon Kahn 
Lynzee Klingman 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Paul Sylbert 
 
Art Direction by
Edwin O'Donovan 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Gerry Leetch .... hairdresser
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (as Fred Phillips)
 
Production Management
Joel Douglas .... unit production manager
Irving Saraf .... post-production supervisor
Joel Chernoff .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Saint John .... second assistant director (as William St. John)
Irby Smith .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe Acord .... construction coordinator
Tom Bartholomew .... production painter
Terry E. Lewis .... props (as Terry Lewis)
Rudy Reachi .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... post-production sound director
Pat Jackson .... sound editor
Larry Jost .... sound recordist (as Lawrence Jost)
Mary McGlone .... sound editor
Philip Rogers .... sound restoration
Robert R. Rutledge .... sound editor (as Robert Rutledge)
Kirk Schuler .... assistant sound editor
Veronica Selver .... sound editor
Gene Radzik .... Dolby consultant: 2001 5.1 remix (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Butler .... additional photography
Dick Colean .... camera operator
William A. Fraker .... additional photography (as William Fraker)
Hugh K. Gagnier .... camera operator (as Hugh Gagnier)
George Hill .... key grip
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Dennis Marks .... gaffer
Walter Nichols .... best boy
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Robert Stevens)
Bill Tenny .... gaffer
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (as Robert Thomas)
Doug Willis .... best boy
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (uncredited)
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aggie Guerard Rodgers .... costumer (as Agnes Rodgers)
 
Editorial Department
Richard Chew .... supervising film editor
Arthur Coburn .... assistant film editor (as Art Coburn)
Constance Field .... assistant film editor
Bonnie Koehler .... assistant film editor
Jay Miracle .... assistant film editor
 
Location Management
Frank Noonan .... location auditor
Denise Schreiter .... location coordinator
Jim Young .... location auditor
 
Music Department
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation captain (as Tom Thomas)
 
Other crew
Natalie Drache .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title
Rhonda Kramer .... production office coordinator
Leonard Lipton .... production assistant
Dean R. Brooks .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cuckoo's Nest" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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Runtime:
133 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Austria:12 | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2006) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | France:12 (re-rating) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:G | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1976) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2016) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (Approved No. 24414) | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
During most of the film's shooting, William Redfield was ill. He died several months after the film was completed.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: After the Christmas party, and Randall is waiting by the open window for Candy to finish seducing Billy, crickets can be clearly heard outside. Crickets do not chirp in the wet, cold, Oregon winter.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Kyle XY: Pilot (#1.1)" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
White ChristmasSee more »

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171 out of 278 people found the following review useful.
One Flew Over One of the Best Movies Ever Made!!! (And that person was me), 19 March 1999
Author: Brandon (horrormvfn@aol.com) from here

First thing's first, while I watched this movie, I found myself stunned. This movie so entertained the viewer, as it did fascinate, and inform. A chilling, disturbing, and revealing look into the mental institutions as seen through the eyes of a con. Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Lloyd, round out the excellent, and very well casted cast.

Jack Nicholson brilliantly plays Randall Patrick McMurphy, an ex-con, who fakes being mentally insane, to enter the institution. As he goes to the hospital, he doesn't realize, that the people, and the atmosphere there is so out there. The patients are really psycho, and creepy. Randall, must try and survive these days, before he has to go to Jail. He has to entertain himself while at the same time, find good in this place of craziness.

Lousie Fletcher plays Nurse Ratched, a soft; but strong willed nurse, who will not take anything from anyone, or put up with misbehavior. She watches Randall, and notices something different about him, he's not as psycho as the others, but he is a little out there. Her job is tough indeed, having to put up with all these men, who don't listen, some go crazy and throw fits, and others just sit there and don't do anything.

Randall meets many new friends in this place, Brad Dourif who plays Billy Bibbit, is a mentally unstable, but voluntarily institutionalized person. Danny DeVito plays Martini, a slow but charming and sweet man, who means know harm in what he does or say. Christopher Lloyd plays Taber, a man, who also voluntarily institutionalized himself. He also meets Chief, a big 'dumb, and deaf' Indian, who happens to like to play basketball. Randall must try and survive these days with his new friends, and the hospital, as well as an everlasting war as to which they can watch the world series on TV. Put up with Nurse Ratched, and the other patients, doctors, vistors, and nurses. Ultimately leading up to a dramatic finale, that makes you want to stand up and cheer.

I think what was best about this film was the realism. I had no problem believing that this was happening. Almost like a documentary, it was striking and powerful, making the viewer not want to stop watching till the end. Some of the sequences are memorable as the basketball game, and the fishing trip. Jack Nicholson, who as always plays his character absolutely excellent, and makes the viewer want to hand him an Oscar himself.

The supporting cast, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, and Brad Dourif also give terrific performances. Danny, Christopher, and Brad's careers all were made with this superb movie. It's all sentimental, funny, dramatic, intense, chilling, disturbing, diverting, and tragic. The finale leaves the viewer stunned and sitting there thinking about what he just saw. See this film, and believe it. I think you will find, its one of the BEST ever.

The second film to win all five major Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor (Nicholson), Best Actress (Fletcher), Director, and Screenplay. And it deserved all of them.

Rated R for language, violence, sexual content, and brief nudity.

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