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: Rivalry , 1960s , Transformation ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    So good in so many of its parts that there's a temptation to forgive it when it goes wrong. But it does go wrong, insisting on making larger points than its story really should carry, so that at the end, the human qualities of the characters get lost in the significance of it all. And yet there are those moments of brilliance. show more

  • 100
    Empire

    Too many classic set pieces to mention but keep your ears cocked for that immortal line "Mmmm, Juicy Fruit." Certified brilliance. show more

  • 100
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

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

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Awards

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