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One Flew Over the
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133 min - Drama - 21 November 1975 (USA)
Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies
the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse.
Director: Milos Forman
Writers: Lawrence Hauben (screenplay), Bo Goldman
(screenplay), 2 more credits
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman |
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McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble with the law.
To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the
mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and
degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the
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Taglines: If he's crazy, what does that make you?
Genres: Drama
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Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 21 November 1975 (USA) See more
Also Known As: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest See more
Filming Locations: Depoe Bay, Oregon, USA See more
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Budget: $4.400.000 (estimated)
Gross: $112.000.000 (USA)

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Runtime: 133 min
Sound Mix: Mono
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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directed A Clockwork Orange (1971) (with a similar theme of criminal reformation therapy)
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[first lines]
Attendant Warren: Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched: Good morning.
Attendant Washington: Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched: Mr. Washington.
Miller: Morning.
Nurse Ratched: Good morning.
Nurse Pilbow: Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched: Good morning.
Attendant Washington: Morning, Bancini.
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A perfect mixture of entertainment and drama.
6 August 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138 (Groningen, The Netherlands) See all my reviews
Czech director Milos Forman seems to be obsessed with rebellious characters that don't like to go with the flow. Just think about Larry Flynt
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in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" or Andy Kaufman in "Man on the Moon", in the two most recent movies of Forman. The central character in
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" played by Jack Nicholson is also one of those characters, that wants to break the routine and even
starts a revolt against the staff and nurse Ratchett in particular, in a mental institution.
The movie is perhaps more comedy and entertainment than heavy drama. Still that doesn't mean that the movie isn't filled with some
powerful emotional sequences. The tension between the patients and the staff gets more and more notable and grows throughout the
movie, which eventually leads to a 'wonderful' ending which I'm not going to spoil.
Yes, Jack Nicholson is truly splendid in his role and it seemed like he was improvising all his lines and actions during the entire movie. It was a
really Oscar worthy performances, which he also received. Another Oscar winner for her performance was Louise Fletcher, which in my
opinion is a bit too much credit. She plays her role well but nothing more than that. She did not deeply impressed me or anything. This movie
also marks the debut for some today well known actors such as Danny DeVito (he looked so young and different!), Christopher Lloyd and
Brad Dourif, who also received an Oscar nomination.
Really one of those movies that you must have seen at least once in your life.
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