One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (DVD)
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Milos Forman's acclaimed adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel. After being imprisoned for statutory rape, an unrepentant Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is transferred to a state mental hospital where he must serve out the remainder of his sentence. Here he sets about leading his fellow inmates in a revolt against the cold and inflexible Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) and the hospital's systematic oppression of its patients. The film won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Actress (Fletcher).
- Movies & TV
- 25 Sep 1998
- Region 2
- Warner Bros. Home Ent.
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- 134 min
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- Dramas / Character Study / Classic / Essential Cinema / Mental Illness / Prison/Prisoners / Psychodrama / Recommended / Social Issues / Theatrical Release
- Milos Foreman's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, based on the novel by Ken Kesey and the play by Dale Wasserman, presents a biting and ultimately tragic satire about mental institutions and the human spirit. A disturbing, witty, and electrifying drama, the film won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Picture. R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a misbehaved con who shirks authority, finds himself in an asylum after faking insanity to get out of work detail in prison. The vivacious troublemaker soon finds himself in a worse kind of prison--one presided over by the repressed, terrifyingly quiet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), whose set of rules and regulations are meant to suppress patients' psychotic outbursts, and their spirits. It's not long before McMurphy is reaching out to his new inmates, trying desperately to bring life to an otherwise dead atmosphere. To Ratched, however, Nicholson's free spirit is as dangerous as a schizophrenic impulse. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is brilliantly acted by an ensemble that includes Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Vincent Schiavelli, and Danny DeVito.
- Theatrical Release: November 20, 1975.
Filmed on location at the Oregon State Mental Hospital in Salem, Oregon.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is number 20 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
On November 3, 1963, the stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel was brought to Broadway, starring Kirk Douglas as McMurphy. (Gene Wilder also appeared in the show.)
The film marked the debut of actor Brad Dourif.
Estimated budget: $4.4 million.
The production was aided by the labor of inmates of the institution where they were filming.
Danny De Vito and Christopher Lloyd, who played two of the patients, later worked closely together on the television show TAXI, which also featured guest appearances by Vincent Schiavelli, another inmate in CUCKOO'S NEST. All three actors also appeared in Forman's MAN ON THE MOON.
Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, and Burt Reynolds were all considered for the role that ultimately went to Jack Nicholson. Kirk Douglas, producer Michael Douglas's father, had played McMurphy onstage and was interested in the part for the film; Douglas told Newsday in January 2001, "I think my dad was disappointed that I hadn't given him the role."
Anne Bancroft, Colleen Dewhurst, Ellen Burstyn, Angela Lansbury, and Geraldine Page were all offered the role that ultimately went to Louise Fletcher.
The film played in theaters in Sweden for 11 consecutive years.
- Cast & Crew
- Milos Forman
- Danny DeVito / Michael Berryman / Peter Brocco / Dean R. Brooks / Scatman Crothers / Mwako Cumbuka / Brad Dourif / William Duell / Louise Fletcher / Nathan George / Paul Lambert / Sydney Lassick / Christopher Lloyd / Ted Markland / Louisa Moritz / Jack Nicholson / William Redfield / Will Sampson / Vincent Schiavelli / Marya Small
- Jack Nitzsche
- Production Designer
- Paul Sylbert
- Costume Designer
- Aggie Guerard Rodgers
- Ken Kesey
- Movie Critics
- Chicago Bulletin
- "...Nicholson's performance is one of the high points in a long career of enviable rebels..."— Roger Ebert (2 Feb 2003, p.5)
- Entertainment Weekly
- "Nicholson's live-wire performance turns what could have been a standard movie malcontent into a martyr." -- Grade: A— Chris Nashawaty (17 Sep 2010, )
- "Nicholson's manic and slightly corrosive charm motors this study of one roistering inmate's effect on an entire mental institution."— Premiere Staff (1 Apr 2004, p.70)
- Sight and Sound
- "...[Nicholson's] flamboyant performance is balanced perfectly by superb character turns from Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito..."— Geoffrey Macnab (1 Dec 2002, p.64)
- Total Film
- "Milos Forman's masterpiece."— Daniel Webb (1 Mar 2004, p.5)
- USA Today
- "...[A] masterpiece..."— Mike Clark (9 Jan 1998, p.3D)
- Academy Awards
- Best Picture
- Winner: 1975
- Best Director
- Winner: 1975 - Milos Forman
- Best Actor
- Winner: 1975 - Jack Nicholson
- Best Actress
- Winner: 1975 - Louise Fletcher
- Best Film Editing
- Winner: 1975 - Sheldon Kahn
- Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material
- Winner: 1975 - Bo Goldman
- Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material
- Winner: 1975 - Lawrence Hauben