1975   USA One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Director:Milos Forman
Studio:Warner Brothers
Writer:Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman
IMDb Rating:8.8 (269,011 votes)
Awards:Won 5 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 11 nominations
Duration:134 min
Milos Forman  ...  (Director)
Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman  ...  (Writer)
Jack Nicholson  ...  R.P. McMurphy
Louise Fletcher  ...  Nurse Ratched
William Redfield  ...  Harding
Michael Berryman  ...  Ellis
Peter Brocco  ...  Col. Matterson
Dean R. Brooks  ...  Dr. Spivey
Alonzo Brown  ...  Miller
Scatman Crothers  ...  Turkle
Mwako Cumbuka  ...  Warren
Danny DeVito  ...  Martini
William Duell  ...  Sefelt
Josip Elic  ...  Bancini
Lan Fendors  ...  Nurse Itsu
Nathan George  ...  Washington
Ken Kenny  ...  Beans Garfield
Sydney Lassick  ...  Cheswick
Brad Dourif  ...  
Mel Lambert  ...  Harbor Master
Haskell Wexler  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: If he's crazy, what does that make you?

Summary: One of the key movies of the 1970s, when exciting, groundbreaking, personal films were still being made in Hollywood, Milos Forman's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest emphasized the humanistic story at the heart of Ken Kesey's more hallucinogenic novel. Jack Nicholson was born to play the part of Randle Patrick McMurphy, the rebellious inmate of a psychiatric hospital who fights back against the authorities' cold attitudes of institutional superiority, as personified by Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). It's the classic antiestablishment tale of one man asserting his individuality in the face of a repressive, conformist system--and it works on every level. Forman populates his film with memorably eccentric faces, and gets such freshly detailed and spontaneous work from his ensemble that the picture sometimes feels like a documentary. Unlike a lot of films pitched at the "youth culture" of the 1970s, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest really hasn't dated a bit, because the qualities of human nature that Forman captures--playfulness, courage, inspiration, pride, stubbornness--are universal and timeless. The film swept the Academy Awards for 1976, winning in all the major categories (picture, director, actor, actress, screenplay) for the first time since Frank Capra's It Happened One Night in 1931. --Jim Emerson

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