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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Details

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With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, [[Performer~P90166~Milos Forman~milosforman]]'s 1975 film adaptation of [[Performer~P37949~Ken Kesey~kenkesey]]'s novel is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy ([[Performer~P104455~Jack Nicholson~jacknicholson]]) is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates, including cowed mama's boy Billy ([[Performer~P19921~Brad Dourif~braddourif]]) and silent Native American Chief Bromden ([[Performer~P62847~Will Sampson~willsampson]]), presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched ([[Performer~P23906~Louise Fletcher~louisefletcher]]). Ratched and McMurphy recognize that each is the other's worst enemy: an authority figure who equates sanity with correct behavior, and a misfit who is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as he pleases. McMurphy proceeds to instigate group insurrections large and small, ranging from a restorative basketball game to an unfettered afternoon boat trip and a tragic after-hours party with hookers and booze. Nurse Ratched, however, has the machinery of power on her side to ensure that McMurphy will not defeat her. Still, McMurphy's message to live free or die is ultimately not lost on one inmate, revealing that escape is still possible even from the most oppressive conditions. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:November 19, 1975

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Nicholson Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1975 Winner
National Board of Review Jack Nicholson Best Actor 1975 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Jack Nicholson Best Actor 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Nicholson Best Actor 1975 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Jack Nicholson Best Actor 1975 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jack Nicholson Best Actor 1976 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lawrence Hauben Best Screenplay 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lawrence Hauben Best Adapted Screenplay 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lynzee Klingman Best Editing 1975 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Lynzee Klingman Best Editing 1976 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sheldon Kahn Best Editing 1975 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sheldon Kahn Best Editing 1976 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bo Goldman Best Screenplay 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bo Goldman Best Adapted Screenplay 1975 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Brad Dourif New Star of the Year - Male 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brad Dourif Best Supporting Actor 1975 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Brad Dourif Best Supporting Actor 1976 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Haskell Wexler Best Cinematography 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Douglas Best Picture 1975 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Milos Forman Best Director 1975 Winner
Directors Guild of America Milos Forman Best Director 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Milos Forman Best Director 1975 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Milos Forman Best Director 1976 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Milos Forman Best Picture 1976 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Saul Zaentz Best Picture 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Nitzsche Best Original Score 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill Butler Best Cinematography 1975 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Chew Best Editing 1975 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Richard Chew Best Editing 1976 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Louise Fletcher Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1975 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Louise Fletcher Best Actress 1975 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Louise Fletcher Best Actress 1976 Winner

Cast

Jack Nicholson
as Randle Patrick McMurphy
Louise Fletcher
as Nurse Mildred Ratched
William Redfield
as Harding
Scatman Crothers
as Turkle Crothers
Danny DeVito
as Martini
William Duell
as Sefelt
Brad Dourif
as Billy Bibbit
Christopher Lloyd
as Taber
Will Sampson
as Chief Bromden
Vincent Schiavelli
as Frederickson
Marya Small
as Candy
Louisa Moritz
as Rose
Mimi Sarkisian
as Nurse Pilbow
Nathan George
as Attandant Washington
Josip Elic
as Bancini
Phil Roth
as Woolsey
Ted Markland
as Hap Arlich
Lan Fendors
as Nurse Itsu
Sidney Lassick
as Charlie Cheswick
Alonzo Brown, Jr.
as Miller
Dwight Marfield
as Ellsworth
Mwako Cumbuka
as Warren
Peter Brocco
as Col. Matterson
Michael Berryman
as Ellis

Crew

Milos Forman
Director
Michael Douglas
Producer
Saul Zaentz
Producer
Dale Wasserman
Play Author
Lawrence Hauben
Screenwriter
Bo Goldman
Screenwriter
Ken Kesey
Book Author
William A. Fraker
Cinematographer
Bill Butler
Cinematographer
Haskell Wexler
Cinematographer
Jack Nitzsche
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Chew
Editor
Lynzee Klingman
Editor
Sheldon Kahn
Editor
Paul Sylbert
Production Designer
Edwin O'Donovan
Art Director
Martin Fink
Associate Producer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Costume Designer
Mark Berger
Sound/Sound Designer
Irby Smith
First Assistant Director
Jane Feinberg
Casting
Mike Fenton
Casting
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