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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- Jack Nicholson

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

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.

Awards:
1975 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1975 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner
1975 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1975 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1975 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1975 - Academy Awards - Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material Winner

Cast List

Brad Dourif - American Actor
Bo Goldman - Oscar-winning actor, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Louise Fletcher - American Actress
Mwako Cumbuka
Michael Berryman - Actor/"Meat Pies"
Vincent Schiavelli - Supporting Actor
Milos Forman - Czech director
Tomas Jan - Czech director
Milos Formanova - Czech director
William Duell
Jack Nicholson - American actor, producer, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Danny DeVito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Danny De Vito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Michael Douglas - Actor, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO/WALL STREET
Dean R. Brooks
Paul Sylbert - Art Director/Screenwriter
Nathan George
Lawrence Hauben - SCREENWRITER
Ken Kesey - American Novelist
Saul Zaentz - Producer/distributor
William Redfield - American Actor/Writer
Sydney Lassick - Actor, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Sidney Lassick - Actor, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Sid Lassick - Actor, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Ted Markland - Actor/"Merlin"
Will Sampson - American Character Actor
Louisa Moritz - Cuban actress
Lynzee Klingman - Editor, THE LAKE HOUSE (2006)
Sheldon Kahn - Editor, MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND (2006)
Bill Butler - Director of Photography, THE PLAGUE (2006)
Haskell Wexler - Cinematographer/Director/Producer/Screenwriter
Richard Chew - Editor
Aggie Guerard Rodgers - Costume Designer
Aggie Guerard - Costume Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers - Costume Designer
Peter Brocco - Actor/"Twilight Zone..."
Christopher Lloyd - Actor, TAXI
Marya Small
Scatman Crothers - American character actor
Benjamin "Scatman" Crothers - American character actor
Paul Lambert - Actor
Jack Nitzsche - Composer/Music Producer
Bernard Alfred Nitzsche - Composer/Music Producer
William A. Fraker - Legendary cinematographer/director

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929152605
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Classic
Prison/Prisoners
Psychodrama
Social Issues
Recommended
Character Study
Mental Illness
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
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.

Reviews:
"...[A] masterpiece..." - 01/09/1998 USA Today, p.3D


"...Nicholson's performance is one of the high points in a long career of enviable rebels..." - 02/02/2003 Chicago Bulletin, p.5


"...[Nicholson's] flamboyant performance is balanced perfectly by superb character turns from Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito..." - 12/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.64


"Nicholson's manic and slightly corrosive charm motors this study of one roistering inmate's effect on an entire mental institution." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.70


"Milos Forman's masterpiece." - 03/01/2004 Total Film, p.5


"Nicholson's live-wire performance turns what could have been a standard movie malcontent into a martyr." -- Grade: A - 09/17/2010 Entertainment Weekly

 
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