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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | | Drama | 21 November 1975 (USA)
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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.

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Milos Forman

Writers:

Lawrence Hauben (screenplay), Bo Goldman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... R.P. McMurphy
Louise Fletcher ... Nurse Ratched
Will Sampson ... Chief Bromden
Michael Berryman ... Ellis
Alonzo Brown Alonzo Brown ... Miller
Peter Brocco ... Col. Matterson
Scatman Crothers ... Turkle
Dean R. Brooks Dean R. Brooks ... Dr. Spivey
Mwako Cumbuka ... Warren
Danny DeVito ... Martini
William Duell William Duell ... Sefelt
Josip Elic Josip Elic ... Bancini
Lan Fendors Lan Fendors ... Nurse Itsu
Nathan George ... Washington
Ken Kenny Ken Kenny ... Beans Garfield
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest See more »

Filming Locations:

Depoe Bay, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,761, 23 November 1975

Gross USA:

$112,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fantasy Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Indian war dance wasn't in the script. It was Jack Nicholson's idea. See more »

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During the basketball game, McMurphy runs to the edge of the court, the camera follows and, for a moment, reveals an assortment of film production equipment including lighting stands, C-stands, lighting gels and even a crew member. Only visible in the wide screen version. 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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A great order vs. chaos tale that everyone can relate to
18 June 2005 | by b1lskirnirSee all my reviews

Based on the amazing novel by Ken Kesey, Randall Patrick McMurphy is an antisocial and dangerous man no different than a petty criminal, placed in a mental ward to have his behavior studied. He makes friends with lunatics and starts his own circle of admiration within the hospital, much to the dismay of Nurse Ratched, the central authority figure in the story and one of the greatest movie villains ever.

The movie exists to show not only how corrupt and poorly-constructed society's approach to the "mentally unstable" is, but it creates characters that we have all met in life and shows how the McMurphy-like figure that we all wish we had fights for freedom of choice and basic human rights. In addition to the movie's great spirit, the acting is fantastic. Jack Nicholson is at his best and Danny DeVito can be seen in his very first acting role ( which he absolutely triumphs in ). And of course, there's the unforgettable Chief Bromden. The directing by Milos Forman is very well-done, as the camera-work is excellent and follows the pace of the movie perfectly in how it is used. What really impressed me was the editing, especially as far as the use of audio goes: some parts just made me go "...wow."

My only complaint is that I believe the movie could've been slightly more effective if it were based more closely on the novel at certain points, but the modified point of view of the film does make a great point; anyone who has ever hated their job, been accused of something, had some person so self-righteous and convinced of their own authority and dependency on order get in your way, or attended the American public school system at any point in their life should be able to identify with this movie.


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