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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Movie Information

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Milos Forman


Jack Nicholson
Danny DeVito
Louise Fletcher
William Redfield
Christopher Lloyd
Michael Berryman





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A man who may not really be insane is admitted to an institution. He plays tricks on the nurse and rounds up the other trouble patients for a healthy dose of fun.

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Lauren 05/24/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Jack Nicholson was amazing! This movie is very good. It has light humor and a dramatic ending. I really liked it. I don't know what else to say except it was good. I'd recommend

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In a fairly faithful adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel, Jack Nicholson leads the charge for a discovery of self within a stringent mental institution The film is wonderfully life affirming, while also still clinging to the tragic air of the novel. Nicholson's persona finds the right line between totally unhinged and courageous and the film's heart lies with his performance.

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FSUNoles27TS 12/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A fun and crazy movie. Definitely one of the saddest endings ever.

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01/27/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"I'm a goddamn marvel of modern science".

Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is a film so good in so many of its parts. It shows Jack Nicholson's character, R.P. McMurphy, lost in thought. It comes at the balancing point between the pranks and laughter of the earlier parts of the film, and the final descent into tragedy. What is he thinking? Is he planning new defiance, or realizing that all is lost?

The mystery of what McMurphy is thinking is the mystery of the movie. It all leads up to a late scene where he is found asleep on the floor next to an open window. By deciding not to escape, he has more or less chosen his own fate. Has his life force run out at last? After his uprising against the mental institution, after the inmates' rebellion that he led, after his life-affirming transformations of Billy and the C...

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12/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Call me crazy for not loving this film...

Now, I'll admit, it's been a long while since of I've read Ken Kesey's book, but I remember thinking that it was just OK. And, I have to say the same for the film, it just moves really slow. The last half-hour picks up the pace, but, it still doesn't make up for the first 100 minutes. And, there was no talk about the "machine." I'm not saying that it was needed, but it was a huge part of the book.

Now, for the awards, because I feel that this movie has to be examined from an Academy Awards standpoint because it is one of only three films to win the "big five" Oscars along with It Happened One Night (1934) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

First off, let's analyze Best Picture, I've seen 4 of the 5, I have not seen Barry Lyndon, but I don't necessarily have a problem with this ...

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The year 1963 in Oregon, Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) was transferred to a mental institution because of having fights, statutory rape and laziness. The cold blooded Nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher) heads the institution that performs daily therapy sessions and medications for the patients. McMurphy befriends Charlie Cheswick (Sydney Lassick), a man who has childlike qualities in terms of needing security and temper; Martini (Danny DeVito), who is delusional; Dale Harding (William Redfield), an intellect who overanalyzes too much and thinks his wife is cheating on him; Taber (Christopher Lloyd), a cantankerous and profane individual who enjoys picking on Harding; Billy Bibbit (Brad Dourif) who stutters and has fears about letting his mother down, and "Chief" Bromden ...

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