One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Movie Review 1975

Information and Film Reviews for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest the Movie

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4.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

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.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Sanity Check, Hospitals & Medicine, Ethics & Morals, Shrinks, Lovable Loonies, Top Grossing Films of 1975, Doctors & Nurses, Suicide, 4 Bones
Ken Kesey, Bo Goldman
Jack Nicholson, Brad Dourif, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, William Redfield, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Vincent Schiavelli, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco, Louisa Moritz
Haskell Wexler, Bill Butler, William A. Fraker
Milos Forman
Jack Nitzsche
United Artists, Fantasy Films, Saul Zaentz, Michael Douglas


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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