One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Milos Forman (1975)

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Adapted from Ken Kesey's novel, this film is one of the classic movies of the 1970s, thanks in no small measure to the talents of director Milos Forman, who propelled the comic antics to a horrifyingly poignant finale and resounding critical and commercial success; it became one of the few to be awarded all the major Oscars, winning for best picture, director, screenplay, actor (Jack Nicholson) and actress (Louise Fletcher). Nicholson's legendary performance as McMurphy, a free spirit at loose in a state mental home, is one of his greatest characterisations, as he stirs up rebellion against the oppressive regime of Fletcher's ward sister, in which drugs make patients' decisions. And among those patients are such then almost unknowns as Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif and Christopher Lloyd. The rights to the script had been bought by Michael Douglas - he was one of the film's producers years before for father Kirk, who'd played McMurphy on stage but was by this time too old for the part. This then became the great turn-down movie (with James Caan refusing McMurphy while Anne Bancroft, Angela Lansbury and Ellen Burstyn declined the nurse), but the awards proved just how wrong they were.


A rebellious convict gets himself sent to a psychiatric hospital, thinking it will be easier than prison. Finding himself surrounded by institutionalised patients, he encourages them to rebel against the tyrannical head nurse. Milos Forman's Oscar-winning drama based on Ken Kesey's novel, starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito.

Cast & Crew

Randle P McMurphy Jack Nicholson
Nurse Mildred Ratched Louise Fletcher
Harding William Redfield
Chief Bromden Will Sampson
Billy Bibbit Brad Dourif
Charlie Cheswick Sydney Lassick
Taber Christopher Lloyd
Martini Danny DeVito
Turkle Scatman Crothers
Scanlon Delos V Smith Jr
Candy Marya Small
Rose Louisa Moritz
Dr John Spivey Dean R Brooks
Jim Sefelt William Duell
Ellis Michael Berryman
Col Matterson Peter Brocco
Warren Mwako Cumbuka
Bancini Josip Elic
Washington Nathan George
Fredrickson Vincent Schiavelli
Nurse Pilbow Mimi Sarkisian
Woman in crowd on pier Anjelica Huston
Director Milos Forman
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Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Apr 2017