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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Hauben (screenplay) and
Bo Goldman (screenplay) ...
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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:
Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 39 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Get Mad If You Want To! This Is Very Realistic! See more (692 total) »

Cast

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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
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)
 
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
 
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
Frank Noonan .... location auditor
Denise Schreiter .... location coordinator
Jim Young .... location auditor
Dean R. Brooks .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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133 min
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Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Austria:12 | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:14+ (Quebec) (re-rating) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | France:12 (re-rating) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | 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:18 (tv rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1991) (1993) (1998) | USA:R (Approved No. 24414) | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)
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Trivia:
Many people incorrectly remember this film as being directed by Stanley Kubrick, who directed A Clockwork Orange (1971) (with a similar theme of criminal reformation therapy) and The Shining (1980) (with a similar theme of Jack Nicholson's madness, and an appearance by Scatman Crothers). This film is often considered the best "non-Kubrick Kubrick film."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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Soundtrack:
Row, Row, Row Your BoatSee more »

FAQ

Is this film based on a book?
What did McMurphy mean when he told Harding "you let me go on harassing Nurse Ratched when you knew how much I had to lose!"?
How does the movie end?
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97 out of 168 people found the following review useful.
Get Mad If You Want To! This Is Very Realistic!, 14 August 2007
Author: dataconflossmoor from United States

This is undeniably one of the best films ever made in the history of movie making.. In 1975, "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" swept all four major academy awards... Best Actor (Jack Nicholson) Best Actress (Louise Fletcher) Best Direstor (Milos Foreman) and, of course, Best Picture!! Only on very rare occasion does this occur... Only a handful of films may lay claim to such an honor!! "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" is a stunning portrayal of mental illness, and how even the most affluent nation on earth (The U.S.A.) is totally unequipped to deal with it properly!! Jack Nicholson's performance in this movie is one of the greatest performances ever by an actor... The array of all the psychologically debilitating diseases was itemized to a flawless state of depressing realism.. The emotional explanations for the dysfunctional dispositions with everyone in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" were so astutely broken down that it evoked a concise indication that not just any producers, directors, actors or actresses could partake in this film!! Such a depiction upholds the proverbial contention that if you are not mentally disturbed when you go into the "Booby Hatch" you will be when you get out of it!! In the case of Jack Nicholson's character, he seemed relatively non-culpable for any intense psychiatric affliction, it was a matter of slight discrepancies!! It is as if he was severely punished for not finishing his cereal at breakfast time!! The talent in this movie is incredible.. I liked the television show "Taxi" and it stands to reason why... So many of the actors who starred in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" were in the T.V. Show "Taxi" too!! The gripping conversation which dealt with a man who was impotent was perhaps the single most poignant part of this film!! The line I remember in particular was "Do me a favor and don't be on my side, okay"... In the "normal" world, the average person is burdened in his ability to communicate with someone else due to a conflict of interests!! In the case of a poorly funded mental health facility, this apocalyptic predicament manifests itself horrendously, and thus has an intolerable proliferation!! Authorities in the mental hospital are restricted by a serious lack of funding, so they are quick to generalize!! The overall situation which garners societal sympathy at a mental health facility is categorized as "sad" and platitudes such as "we will do all we can" are everybody's precarious form of consolation!!! Mental illness gets a generic label, and, from there, becomes something which is basically swept under the rug!! Here is where the film "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" expounds on their abysmal dissertation concerning mental illness!!

"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" was based on a true story!! Mr McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) was a lone rebel from start to finish with this film!! Whatever the orderlies or the nurses would say, he would disagree with!! It was always an issue that could not be looked at rationally by one patient or the other that compounded the dilemma of mental anguish... Such a plight became the culprit to a lack of thorough communication, and thus invoked an overreaction from the administration of the hospital!! You are branded mentally ill and that is all anyone has to know!! The total lack of egalitarian commiseration with administration was why McMurphy was so belligerent!! The status quo was to subject patients to grave consequences for their actions... Are the nurses and administrators wrong for doing this? Usually not!! It was the gray matter in this film that made it so intellectually riveting!! Mental health patients are often times aware of the fact that they are vilified in the same manner you would a bunch of seven year old kids for not doing their school work!! Their self respect gets relegated to a bureaucratic mandate, and all of this is subconsciously and consciously demoralizing!! If someone were to have a conversation with Charles Manson, they would realize so many depraved patterns of illogical behavior to him, however, if Charles Manson were to say that two plus two equals four, the correct answer does not get changed to five!! What is the point of this example? Mental health patients are not inaccurate in every assessment that they make, just because they are labeled mentally challenged!! What was Mr McMurphy's contention with so many issues is that he would assume a premise of mutual self respect when engaging in an argument with an orderly... This is not a case of defiance, rather an instance of a one on one debate... How quickly the administration would then resort to the cop out of "Well!!" "What do you expect!!" "This guy is mentally ill"

I have never seen a film like this one!! "Woman Under The Influence" which was made around the same time was incredibly spellbinding as well... "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" however, is something which should be put in a category all by itself!! Director, Milos Foreman articulates cerebral despondence to a state of dissonant plausibility with this film!! This becomes an avenue for political debate... Foreman's movie breaks ground on mental illness being one big cacophony of our nation's failure to communicate!! Louise Fletcher is tremendous as Nurse Ratched, her dedication to the tenets of disciplinary policy became vicariously ruthless, her devotion to this standard was extremely deep rooted!! Nurse Ratched's insolence was an aspect of infuriation that was in of itself amazingly thought provoking!! As I have previously mentioned, Jack Nicholson was excellent as McMurphy, the mental health patient who reoriented the ideology of what it means to deal with mental illness... Tremendous film, maybe the best American film ever made... Do you think that sounds strong? Watch the movie first and then tell me I am exaggerating!! REMARKABLE!! UTTERLY REMARKABLE!!

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