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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)



One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

(1975)

133 minutes

AFI Top 100 / Drama

Directed by Milos Forman

Cast:

Jack Nicholson as Randle McMurphy
Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched
William Redfield as Dale Harding
Will Sampson as 'Chief' Bromden
Brad Dourif as Billy Bibbit
Sydney Lassick as Charlie Cheswick
Danny DeVito as Martini
Christopher Lloyd as Max Taber
Dean R. Brooks as Dr. John Spivey
William Duell as Jim Sefelt
Vincent Schiavelli as Frederickson
Delos V. Smith as Scanlon
Michael Berryman as Ellis
Nathan George as Attendant Washington
Lan Fendors as Nurse Itsu
Mimi Sarkisian as Nurse Pilbow
Marya Small as Candy
Scatman Crothers as Orderly Turkle
Louisa Moritz as Rose

Jack Nicholson plays Randle Patrick McMurphy set in 1963 Oregon, a repeating criminal offender who is in prison for raping a fifteen-year old girl. He is moved to a mental institution for assessment. He anticipates abstaining physical work and maintaining the rest of his sentence in calmer atmosphere. Even though he is a violent man, he shows no apparent signs of mental illness.

Nurse Midlred Ratched is in charge of McMurphy's department. She constantly embarrasses the patients with repulsive medical proceedings and a regular procedure to overcome them. McMurphy realizes they are more scared of Ratched than they are concentrated on being more practical outside of the institution. McMurphy substantiates his role as the leader with many of the patients, including 'Chief' Bromden, a quiet six-foot seven Native American who is said not hear or talk. 

McMurphy's and Nurse Ratched's fight constantly and when McMurphy wins everyone’s cigarettes after a card game, she takes them away from him. He shows the rest of the patients a way to escape and when his demonstration fails, he says to them, “But I tried goddammit. At least I did that.”

When McMurphy robs a hospital bus, he takes the rest of the patients along with him to take them deep sea fishing on a boat. He tells them, "You're not nuts, you're fishermen!" They begin to feel positive and strong about themselves. Back at the institution, no one is happy with McMurphy and the film ends with him being lobotomized. There is one person that does not want him to live this way and for the other patients to see him in this state, so he suffocates him with a pillow and escapes on his own as originally planned with McMurphy. Hint: The courageous man who did this is believed to be mute and deaf.  




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Actors: Scatman Crothers, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson
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