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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, William Redfield View All


Miloš Forman (Director), Bo Goldman (Screenplay), Lawrence Hauben (Screenplay) View All

Released: Nov. 18th, 1975
Runtime: 2 hours, 13 minutes
While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
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Citizen Rules
The director had one thing he kept telling the actors over an over, 'keep it natural' and that's why the film works so good, it feels like you're in this mental institute with real patients.
McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a career criminal who has been given the option of going to jail or going to a mental institution and his swift and immediate battle of wills with the institution's iron-fisted head nurse, Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), who he challenges at every turn, not to mention his Pied Piper effect on his fellow patients, which doesn't help endear him to Nurse Ratched either.
Plan B
For instance, a minor character in the film is a main character in the novel, and one relatively important character in the book meets a disturbing demise, which is absent from Forman's movie.