Running time 133 min.
Budget $4.4 million
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a film by . The film is an adaptation of the novel by . The movie was the first to win all five major since in . This accomplishment was not repeated until , with .
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, a serial petty criminal who has been sentenced to a fairly short prison term, decides to have himself declared so he'll be transferred to a , where he expects to serve the rest of his time in (comparative) comfort and luxury.
McMurphy's ward in the mental institution is run by an unyielding tyrant, , who has cowed the patients—who are mostly there by choice—into dejected institutionalised submission.
McMurphy becomes ensnared in a number of power-games with Nurse Ratched for the hearts and minds of the inmates. All the time, however, the question is in the mind as to just how sane any of the players in this actually are. Eventually McMurphy is after he explodes into a violent rage when one of Nurse Ratched's psychological power games results in the death of a patient.
During the night he is smothered by his friend, the Chief, who can't bear to see McMurphy so brainless and dull, seeing the murder as an act of mercy and that he's setting his friend free. The Chief, managing an act McMurphy earlier failed to do, lifts up a heavy marble fountain and, hurling it through one of the barred windows, escapes.
The film was widely acclaimed and won for for (who played McMurphy), for (who played ), for , as well as and . It ranked number 20 on the 's list of , was ranked number 5 on the Institute's , and the film consistently ranks in the top 12 on the .
Kesey himself did not hide his dislike of the film, particularly the casting of Nicholson as McMurphy. The characters were based on actual people from the hospital, however in real life the Native American did talk. (Although another source says that Kesey, under the influence of drugs, saw a hallucination of a Native American sweeping the floor.) Kesey also loathed the fact the film was not told through the eyes of Chief Bromden, as the book was, for he saw this as fundamental to the story. For these reasons Kesey claimed to have never seen the film.
The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the and selected for preservation in the United States .
Actor | Role
Randle Patrick McMurphy
Nurse Mildred Ratched
William Redfield | Dale Harding
Dr. John Spivey
The role of domineering was turned down by five actresses - , , , , and - until accepted casting (in her debut film) only a week before filming began.
Actor was originally offered the lead role of McMurphy, and and were considered as well.
was nominated (and ultimately won) the . One of the other nominees was , who was nominated for her role in . Both of these films feature .
It was ranked #17 at .
originated the role of McMurphy in a stage production, and then bought the film rights, hoping to play McMurphy on film. He passed the production rights to his son, , who decided his father was too old for the role. Kirk was in fact angry at his son for a time afterwards because of this.
One of only three films to sweep the 5 major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay (the other two films being and .)
The song by heavy metal band was inspired by this movie.
first played Martini in the 1971 stage revival of the show.
The movie was filmed at in .
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review by as "Great Movie"