One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 29

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Directed by: Milos Forman
Starring: Jack Nicholson (Randle McMurphy), Louise Fletcher (Nurse Mildred Ratched), Will Sampson (Chief), Brad Dourif (Bibbit), William Redfield (Dale Harding), Danny DeVito (Martini), Sydney Lassick (Cheswick), Christopher Lloyd (Max), Marya Small (Candy), Nathan George (Washington), Scatman Crothers (Turkle)
Country: United States
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 02:13:32
Genres: Mental Illness

Plot – Spoilers:
Randle McMurphy is sent from a work-farm to a mental institution to be evaluated for looniness. The doctors believe he’s been faking crazy, to be let off the backbreaking work at the farm. Randle himself cockily thinks the institute is an entertaining place to see out his prison sentence among all the crazies, who seem a nice source of voyeuristic fun.

A few things however get in Randle’s way. Nurse Ratched who runs the place seems to be a sadist who enjoys controlling the patients. This triggers Randle who has already begun to feel sympathy and empathy for the inmates. But soon the terrifying reality dawns on Randle – he actually isn’t there to complete his sentence. Rather, he is there for the system to decide whether he can ever be a free man again.

One of the greatest films ever made, with near-perfect everything, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a tragic illustration of being broken.

12 thoughts on “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

    • November 14, 2020 at 9:29 am
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      Awww… Are we having a bad day? Poor thing….

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  • November 14, 2020 at 9:26 am
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    Oh, I love you guys!!!

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    • November 15, 2020 at 12:07 am
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      Awwww… are we having a mushy sap day? Ewww…

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  • November 14, 2020 at 11:37 am
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    the movie is a classic……..awesome story and jack is unbelievable!
    gracias

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  • November 15, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    I once had a job cleaning the bird shit outta cuckoo clocks.

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  • November 15, 2020 at 6:24 am
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    Brilliant novel. Brilliant interpretation. Cannot imagine any other actor nailing this role as well as Jack Nicholson. A terrifying indictment of the American mental health system of the time. “Frances” (with Jessica Lange) is another example. Thanks so much for including this classic!

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  • November 16, 2020 at 11:56 pm
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    This movie sucks dick, there’s nothing F’ed up about it.
    I schleep

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    • November 18, 2020 at 1:00 am
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      Every now and then they put up a film that makes one say “That’s effed up that this movie is on here” …all the while still maintaining the “effed up” theme.

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  • November 17, 2020 at 7:22 am
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    Classic! Thanks Effedup!

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  • November 18, 2020 at 11:24 pm
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    A ‘timeless’ movie, with memorable characters and strong acting. This movie brought out the best in Jack Nicholson. BRILLIANT EUM!!!

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  • November 23, 2020 at 1:30 pm
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    wow, great movie, sad ending but very inspirational and marvellous acting from jack Nicholson!

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