Rebellious Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) chooses to be institutionalized rather than undergo forced labour. What he finds inside, is a ward full of drugged patients whose every move is monitored and directed by the gimlet-eyed nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). With controlled lunacy, he brings to life a dead atmosphere of the institution.
This has a catalytic effect on the other patients inspiring them to indulge in forbidden pleasures such as gambling, playing baseball and absconding to go deep-sea fishing. Ratched silently and subversively meets the challenge by ensuring McMurphy's stay be extended for ongoing treatment. She sesorts to drastic measures to re-establish control.
Within 2 days it would have been Scatman Crothers`s (Orderly Turkle) 103th birthday.
* May 23, 1910
† November 22, 1986
Best Actor in a Leading Role ->Jack Nicholson
Best Actress in a Leading Role ->Louise Fletcher
Best Director ->Milos Forman
Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material
Release date: November 19, 1975
Best Actor in a Supporting Role -> Brad Dourif
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Original Score
This story was based on author Ken Kesey's experiences while working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, California, USA.
Many extras were authentic mental patients.
Danny DeVito reprised his performance from a 1971 off-Broadway revival.
Kirk Douglas possessed the movie rights for a long time, before his son Michael Douglas finally started the project.
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest ranks number 77 in the American box-office rankings
Grossing adjusted for inflation -> $335.5 m
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Jack has a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
It’s located between Highland avenue and Orange Drive.
Jack started out as an office boy at MGM's cartoon department and soon began performing on the stage and in soap opera's.
About 1957 he met B-film king Roger Corman , who offered him the leading role in his low-budget film The Cry Baby Killer (1958).
Nicholson spent the next decade playing major roles in B-films but in 1969 his life changed playing a boozy Southern lawyer in a biker film, Easy rider. Nicholson's newfound stardom was secured with his leading role in Five Easy Pieces (1970) and Chinatown (1970).
Nicholson took home Oscar gold in 1975 for his portrayal of mental patient Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
He directed and starred in an revisionist western, Goin' South (1978). Critics were divided over The Shining (1980), in which Jack went crazy for nearly two hours.
In 1989, a wicked Nicholson appeared as The Joker in the blockbuster hit Batman.
By the 1990s, Nicholson was regarded as a screen icon and his notable roles included a colonel in A Few Good Men (1992); the title role in Hoffa (1992); a werewolf in Wolf (1994); and an obsessive-compulsive writer in As Good As It Gets (1997).