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    Top 250 #15 | Won 5 Oscars. Another 30 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards


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    One Flew Over theCuckoo's Nest (1975)133 min - Drama - 21 November 1975 (USA)

    Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies

    the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse.

    Director: Milos Forman

    Writers: Lawrence Hauben (screenplay), Bo Goldman(screenplay), 2 more credits

    Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman |See full cast and crew

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    Dean R. Brooks ... Dr. Spivey

    Alonzo Brown ... Miller

    Scatman Crothers ... Turkle

    Mwako Cumbuka ... Warren

    Danny DeVito ... Martini

    William Duell ... Sefelt

    Josip Elic ... Bancini

    Lan Fendors ... Nurse Itsu

    Louise Fletcher ... Nurse Ratched

    Nathan George ... Washington

    Ken Kenny ... Beans Garfield

    Mel Lambert ... Harbor Master

    Sydney Lassick ... Cheswick

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    McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble with the law.

    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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    Plot Keywords: nurse | patient | mental institution | basketball | insanity | See more

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

    Genres: Drama

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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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    Budget: $4.400.000 (estimated)

    Gross: $112.000.000 (USA)

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    Runtime: 133 min

    Sound Mix: Mono

    Color: Color

    Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

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    Many people incorrectly remember this film as being directed by Stanley Kubrick, whodirected A Clockwork Orange (1971) (with a similar theme of criminal reformation therapy)and The Shining (1980) (with a similar theme of Jack Nicholson's madness, and anappearance by Scatman Crothers). This film is often considered the best "non-KubrickKubrick film." See more


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    [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. [...]See more

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    A perfect mixture of entertainment and drama.6 August 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138 (Groningen, The Netherlands) See all my reviews

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    in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" or Andy Kaufman in "Man on the Moon", in the two most recent movies of Forman. The central character in

    "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" played by Jack Nicholson is also one of those characters, that wants to break the routine and even

    starts a revolt against the staff and nurse Ratchett in particular, in a mental institution.

    The movie is perhaps more comedy and entertainment than heavy drama. Still that doesn't mean that the movie isn't filled with some

    powerful emotional sequences. The tension between the patients and the staff gets more and more notable and grows throughout the

    movie, which eventually leads to a 'wonderful' ending which I'm not going to spoil.

    Yes, Jack Nicholson is truly splendid in his role and it seemed like he was improvising all his lines and actions during the entire movie. It was a

    really Oscar worthy performances, which he also received. Another Oscar winner for her performance was Louise Fletcher, which in my

    opinion is a bit too much credit. She plays her role well but nothing more than that. She did not deeply impressed me or anything. This movie

    also marks the debut for some today well known actors such as Danny DeVito (he looked so young and different!), Christopher Lloyd and

    Brad Dourif, who also received an Oscar nomination.

    Really one of those movies that you must have seen at least once in your life.


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