Touching, hilarious, dramatic, and completely effective adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel. Nicholson is two-bit crook Randle Patrick McMurphy, who, facing a jail sentence, feigns insanity to be sentenced to a cushy mental hospital. The hospital is anything but cushy, with tyrannical head nurse Ratched (Fletcher) out to squash any vestige of the patients' independence. Nicholson proves to be a crazed messiah and catalyst for these mentally troubled patients and a worthy adversary for the head nurse. Classic performs superbly on numerous levels.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 129 minutes.
Oscars 1975: Actor (Nicholson), Actress (Fletcher), Adapt. Screenplay, Director (Forman), Picture; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1976: Actor (Nicholson), Actress (Fletcher), Director (Forman), Film, Support. Actor (Dourif); Directors Guild 1975: Director (Forman); Golden Globes 1976: Actor--Drama (Nicholson), Actress--Drama (Fletcher), Director (Forman), Film--Drama, Screenplay; Natl. Bd. of Review 1975: Actor (Nicholson), Natl. Film Reg. 1993;; N.Y. Film Critics 1975: Actor (Nicholson); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1975: Actor (Nicholson); Writers Guild 1975: Adapt. Screenplay.
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