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Plot, Details & Awards

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

R In Theaters 11/19/1975 , 133min.
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Plot & Details

With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, Milos Forman's 1975 film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates, including cowed mama's boy Billy (Brad Dourif) and silent Native American Chief Bromden (Will Sampson), presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). Ratched and McMurphy recognize that each is the other's worst enemy: an authority figure who equates sanity with correct behavior, and a misfit who is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as he pleases. McMurphy proceeds to instigate group insurrections large and small, ranging from a restorative basketball game to an unfettered afternoon boat trip and a tragic after-hours party with hookers and booze. Nurse Ratched, however, has the machinery of power on her side to ensure that McMurphy will not defeat her. Still, McMurphy's message to live free or die is ultimately not lost on one inmate, revealing that escape is still possible even from the most oppressive conditions.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Sheldon Kahn Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Jack Nicholson Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Haskell Wexler Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Lynzee Klingman Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Saul Zaentz Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Richard Chew Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Bill Butler Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Lawrence Hauben Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Milos Forman Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Michael Douglas Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Louise Fletcher Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Jack Nitzsche Nominated
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Bo Goldman Won
1975 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Brad Dourif Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Milos Forman Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Sheldon Kahn Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Louise Fletcher Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Lynzee Klingman Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Milos Forman Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Jack Nicholson Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Brad Dourif Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Richard Chew Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Lawrence Hauben Won
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Bo Goldman Won
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Louise Fletcher Won
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Male Brad Dourif Won
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Jack Nicholson Won
1975 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Milos Forman Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Milos Forman Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Sheldon Kahn Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Louise Fletcher Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Lynzee Klingman Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Milos Forman Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Jack Nicholson Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Brad Dourif Won
1976 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Richard Chew Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Directors Guild of America Best Director Milos Forman Won

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1975 National Board of Review Best Actor Jack Nicholson Won
1975 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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