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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Original Title : One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Director : Milos Forman
Writer : Bo Goldman
Lawrence Hauben
Ken Kesey
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Michael Douglas , Martin Fink , Saul Zaentz
Music : Jack Nitzsche
Photography : Haskell Wexler
IMDB ID : 0073486
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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Milos Forman
 

Starring

Jack Nicholson Randle Patrick McMurphy
Louise Fletcher Nurse Mildred Ratched
William Redfield Harding
Michael Berryman Ellis, tall bald patient
Peter Brocco Col. Matterson
Dean R. Brooks Dr. John Spivey
Alonzo Brown Miller
Scatman Crothers Orderly Turkle
Mwako Cumbuka Attendant Warren
Danny DeVito Martini
William Duell Jim Sefelt
Josip Elic Bancini
Lan Fendors Nurse Itsu
Nathan George Attendant Washington
Ken Kenny Beans Garfield
Mel Lambert Harbormaster
Sydney Lassick Charlie Cheswick
Kay Lee Night nurse
Christopher Lloyd Taber
Dwight Marfield Ellsworth, dancing patient
Ted Markland Hap Arlich
Louisa Moritz Rose
Philip Roth Woolsey (as Phil Roth
Will Sampson Chief Bromden
Mimi Sarkisian Nurse Pilbow
Vincent Schiavelli Frederickson
Mews Small Candy (as Marya Small
Delos V. Smith Jr. Scanlon
Tin Welch Ruckley
Brad Dourif Billy Bibbit
Tom McCall News commentator (uncredited
Saul Zaentz Captain on shore when boat returns (uncredited
 

Plot

McMurphy has been dating a fifteen year old (fifteen going on thirty-five) and is sentenced for a short term for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Rather than spend his time in jail, he convinces the guards that he's crazy enough to need psychiatric care and is sent to a hospital. He fits in frighteningly well, and his different point of view actually begins to cause some of the patients to progress. Nurse Ratched becomes his personal cross to bear as his resistence to the hospital routine gets on her nerves.
 

Comments

A Gripping Film of Life in an Insane Asylum! [CONTAINS SPOILERS] Meet Randall P. McMurphy! He's been arrested 5 times for assault and was sent from the work farm to an institution. The doctors were to study him for a while to determine if he really is crazy. Randall relaxes because he believes a stay in the loony bin beats a stretch in prison. He stopped relaxing when he met the head nurse: Mildred Ratched, the coldest, meanest, soft-spoken nurse in the world! Other inmates included Mr. Harding, a surly man who believes his wife is cheating on him., Mr. Taber, another surly man who's always at Harding's throat, Billy Bibble, a stuttering youth, Mr. Martini, who never played by the rules, Mr. Bancini, a tall man who was always tired, and Chief, a deaf and dumb Native American. He never made any communication with anybody. Other patients included Mr. Scanlon, Jim Sefelt, and Charlie Cheswick.Randall taught them gambling and they used cigarettes instead of money. In group, Nurse Ratched had patients speak, even when they didn't want to. Ratched's lackies included gruff and surly orderlies Warren and Washington, the world series was coming on TV and Randall wanted to see it, but in order to do that, the entire schedule would have to be changed and, according to Nurse Ratched, that would be a major complication for both the patients and the staff. Randall decreed they should vote on it, but he only got nine votes out of a majority of 19. Later that night, he made a bet with everybody that he could lift the water fountain, throw it through the window and escape. He was on. But no matter how hard Randall tried, he could not lift the water fountain. One afternoon, he tried to teach Chief how to play basketball. He even used Chief to help him get over the fence and hopped aboard a bus that would take patients to daily activities. As soon as Martini, Harding, Taber, Cheswick, Bancini, Scanlon, and Billy were on board, Randall drove off with them. He picked up a girlfriend and they all "rented" a boat and went fishing. Randall taught them how to do it and when they docked back into port, Randall was in a heap of trouble. One afternoon, Cheswick flipped out because he couldn't have his cigarettes. Randall got them for him, then a fight broke out between he and the orderlies. It was Chief to the rescue, but then he, Randall, and Cheswick were all sent to get electric shock treatment, that night, Randall bribed Orderly Turkle to let them have a party with alcohol and females. It went great until Randall involved the patients, then it all went south. Randall has Billy and his girl, Candy, get it on and when Nurse Ratched found out, she was furious! She threatened to tell Billy's mother. Billy went into the doctor's office and killed himself! Randall was fed up. He tried to strangle Nurse Ratched to death but that no good Washington stopped him. Later on, Randall returned to the ward. He was given a lobotomy so he was a vegetable! Chief decided to put Randall out of it all so he stuffed a pillow over his face, snuffing the life out of him, then he lifted the water fountain out of the ground, threw it through the window and escaped! Like I said, it's a gripping film, but it's funny too. Jack Nicholson was good. Louise Fletcher was good. Scatman Crothers was good. Everybody was good! Nicholson and Fletcher got Academy Awards®! I'm sorry to say that Scatman Crothers and Will Sampson (Chief) are no longer with us. Crothers died in 1986 and Sampson got sick and died in 1987. Crothers and Nicholson later went on to do Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, or, Stanley Kubrick Presents Stephen King's The Shining. Sampson was also in Poltergeist II: The Other Side. Also a good movie. This film marked the debuts of Brad Dourif (Chucky), Christopher Lloyd, and Danny DeVito! A movie entitled The Dream Team closely resembles this movie. Christopher Lloyd is in it too and Michael Keaton resembles Jack Nicholson! I recommend that too. So if you haven't seen it, see One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest! Read the book too! -
 
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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Milos Forman
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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Milos Forman
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