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One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • Drama
  • 1975
  • Milos Forman
  • 128 mins
  • X


Oscar-winning drama with Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher. Convict Randle P McMurphy cons his way into a state mental hospital and sets out to instil some life into the downtrodden inmates. McMurphy's rebellious ways and contempt for authority delight the patients, but enrage the formidable Nurse Ratched, who is determined to bring him into line. The battle between them intensifies when McMurphy decides his fellow patients deserve a day out.



A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

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Randle P McMurphyJack Nicholson
Nurse Mildred RatchedLouise Fletcher
HardingWilliam Redfield
Chief BromdenWill Sampson
Billy BibbitBrad Dourif
Charlie CheswickSydney Lassick
TaberChristopher Lloyd
MartiniDanny DeVito
TurkleScatman Crothers
ScanlonDelos V Smith Jr
CandyMarya Small
RoseLouisa Moritz
Dr John SpiveyDean R Brooks
Jim SefeltWilliam Duell
EllisMichael Berryman
Col MattersonPeter Brocco
WarrenMwako Cumbuka
BanciniJosip Elic
WashingtonNathan George
FredricksonVincent Schiavelli
Nurse PilbowMimi Sarkisian
Woman in crowd on pierAnjelica Huston


DirectorMilos Forman


Released on
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
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