• One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Release Date: 1975

DVD Release Date: December 17th, 1997

R |2 hr 13 min

Plot Summary

When Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward's patients.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif, William Redfield, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco, Dean R. Brooks, Alonzo Brown

Director: Milos Forman

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Fantasy Films

Keywords: Transformation, Rivalry, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    With One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Forman takes his rightful place as one of our most creative young directors. His casting is inspired, his sense of milieu is assured, and he could probably wring Academy Award performances from a stone. show more

  • 100
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    A masterpiece. (9 Jan 1998, p.3D)

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Although the picture has not aged as well as some of its contemporaries, its themes remain germane, the story has lost none of its punch, and the performances retain their freshness. show more

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Awards

Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Winner Directing
Nominated Anthony Asquith Memorial Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Winner Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Adapted From Other Material)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture