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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest -- Randle Patrick McMurphy is a free-spirited, small-time convict who fakes being crazy so he can get transferred from the state penitentiary to a more comfortable state mental hospital.
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Release Date:
21 November 1975 (USA) See more »
If he's crazy, what does that make you?
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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Won 5 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Touching and moving, a great cinematic experience See more (720 total) »


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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
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)
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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Kirk Douglas first encountered the book in galley form in 1961. He instantly fell in love with it and secured the rights at the first opportunity.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While describing the imaginary World Series game, McMurphy has Sandy Koufax pitching for the Dodgers. However, the radio broadcast listened to by the orderlies in a prior scene identifies the day's contest as Game 2 of the Series, which Koufax did not pitch in.See more »
[first lines]
Attendant Warren:Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched:Good morning.
Attendant Washington:Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched:Mr. Washington.
Nurse Ratched:Good morning.
Nurse Pilbow:Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched:Good morning.
Attendant Washington:Morning, Bancini.
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Is this film based on a book?
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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!"?
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283 out of 329 people found the following review useful.
Touching and moving, a great cinematic experience, 3 July 2004
Author: Grann-Bach ( from Denmark

Jack Nicholson is a great actor. No, not a great actor, a spectacular actor. This is a film from fairly early in his career, as well as it is for several other actors in this film, who later have had long, great careers too, including Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd and Brad Dourif. The film has some unforgettable moments... who could forget Louise Fletcher's icy stare, Jack Nicholson's smart-aleck remarks or Will Sampson's impressive, almost entirely silent performance? The film portrays the horrible truth about how patients were treated in mental institutions back then, and tells the story of someone who desperately wanted to break out, to rebel, to change things, for himself and for the others. I was compelled by this film, from the very first frame. I never took my eyes off it, and I will definitely be thinking about this film for a while. I thought it was great the way one of the very first frames depicted the institution as something far more similar to a prison than a hospital. Milos Forman did a great job of making that contrast very powerful to the viewer. The film is very moving and a truly beautiful cinematic experience. Every single actor gives a stellar performance, every single character is perfectly written, every single line, every single frame is absolutely perfect. I wouldn't change a thing in this film. It has a great pace, you never lose interest, but it never seems to be rushing to get through it, either. It's simply perfect. I have not read the original book, but if I ever come across it, I might check it out. I have only seen this film once, but I will definitely watch it many times in years to come. I recommend this amazing piece of great cinema to anyone who has at least a slight interest in the drama genre, or any fan of any of the actors, as they are all in their absolute prime in this film. 10/10

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