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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ()


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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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R.P. McMurphy
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Nurse Ratched
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Chief Bromden
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Ellis
Alonzo Brown ...
Miller
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Col. Matterson
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Turkle
Dean R. Brooks ...
Dr. Spivey
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Warren
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Martini
William Duell ...
Sefelt
Josip Elic ...
Bancini
Lan Fendors ...
Nurse Itsu
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Washington
Ken Kenny ...
Beans Garfield
Mel Lambert ...
Harbor Master
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Cheswick
Kay Lee ...
Night Supervisor
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Taber
Dwight Marfield ...
Ellsworth
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Hap Arlich
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Rose
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Harding
Philip Roth ...
Woolsey (as Phil Roth)
Mimi Sarkisian ...
Nurse Pilbow
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Fredrickson
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Candy (as Marya Small)
Delos V. Smith Jr. ...
Scanlon
Tin Welch ...
Ruckley
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Billy Bibbit
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Lady on Pier (uncredited)
Bill Gratton ...
Security Guard (uncredited)
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Woman in Crowd on Pier (uncredited)
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Actress on TV Screen (uncredited)
Tom McCall ...
News Commentator (uncredited)
James V. Shore ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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Captain on Shore (uncredited)

Directed by

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Milos Forman

Written by

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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

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Michael Douglas ... producer
Martin Fink ... associate producer
Saul Zaentz ... producer

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Jack Nitzsche

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Haskell Wexler ... director of photography

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Sheldon Kahn
Lynzee Klingman

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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

Casting By

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Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton

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Paul Sylbert

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Edwin O'Donovan

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Aggie Guerard Rodgers ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Gerry Leetch ... hairdresser
Fred B. Phillips ... makeup artist (as Fred Phillips)

Production Management

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Joel Douglas ... unit production manager
Irving Saraf ... post-production supervisor
Joel Chernoff ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William Saint John ... second assistant director (as William St. John)
Irby Smith ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Joe Acord ... construction coordinator
Tom Bartholomew ... production painter
Terry E. Lewis ... props (as Terry Lewis)
Rudy Reachi ... assistant property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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

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Alan Gibbs ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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
Richard J. Edesa ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell ... electrician (uncredited)
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)

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Aggie Guerard Rodgers ... costumer (as Agnes Rodgers)

Location Management

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Frank Noonan ... location auditor
Denise Schreiter ... location coordinator
Jim Young ... location auditor

Music Department

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Ted Whitfield ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Tom F. Thomas ... transportation captain (as Tom Thomas)

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Natalie Drache ... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title
Rhonda Kramer ... production office coordinator
Leonard Lipton ... production assistant
Pietro Biondi ... Italian dubbing: Harding (uncredited)
Gianni Bonagura ... Italian dubbing: Charlie Cheswick (uncredited)
Dean R. Brooks ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Massimo Foschi ... Italian dubbing: Chief Bromden (uncredited)
Enzo Garinei ... Italian dubbing: Jim Sefelt (uncredited)
Benita Martini ... Italian dubbing: Nurse Ratched (uncredited)
Adalberto Maria Merli ... Italian dubbing: R.P. McMurphy (uncredited)
Mario Milita ... Italian dubbing: Turkle (uncredited)
Enzo Robutti ... Italian dubbing: Taber (uncredited)
Nino Scardina ... Italian dubbing: Martini (uncredited)
Paolo Turco ... Italian dubbing: Billy Bibbit (uncredited)
Katherine Wilson ... production associate (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines If he's crazy, what does that make you? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Cuckoo's Nest (World-wide, English title)
  • Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou (France)
  • Einer flog über das Kuckucksnest (Germany)
  • Alguien voló sobre el nido del cuco (Spain)
  • Algú va volar sobre el niu del cucut (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 133 min
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Box Office

Budget $4,400,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $99,761, 23 Nov 1975
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $11,930,050

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Trivia Many extras were authentic mental patients. See more »
Goofs The Monopoly game has plastic houses and hotels - in 1963, they would still be made of wood. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Charmaine See more »
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 »
Quotes McMurphy: Jesus, I mean, you guys do nothing but complain about how you can't stand it in this place here and you don't have the guts just to walk out? What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin'? Well you're not! You're not! You're no crazier than the average asshole out walkin' around on the streets and that's it.
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