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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 1975
  • R
  • 133min
  • 95%
  • 8.7 / 10

In 1963, Randall Patrick McMurphy or 'Mac' (Jack Nicholson) finds himself serving time for several assaults. During his time at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, Mac learned that acting 'crazy' would get him out of manual labor. They move him to a psychiatric hospital in order to evaluate his mental state and prove it was all an act. Mac believes he will allow him to get out of work and serve the rest of his sentence in relative peace. Mac is placed on a ward with a group of men with varying degrees of mental issues. Mac learns he can manipulate these men to his own amusement and that he rather enjoys torturing the nurse Mildred Ratched. During his attempts to battle with the nurse, Mac ends up advocating for the men.

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All the actors who played patients in the film actually lived in Oregon State Hospital psychiatric ward throughout the production of the film. Each of the men spent their days on the campus getting a sense of how it would feel to be hospitalized. The crew also spent their days interacting with the actual patients in the hospital.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest comedy-drama film released in 1975. The film was directed by Miloš Forman with the storytelling based on the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. The film features the acting abilities of Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Will Sampson, Sydney Lassick, Brad Dourif, and Christopher Lloyd. In 1993, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as it is 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant'. The film has been declared by man as one of the greatest films ever made. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has earned the number 33 spot on the American Film Institute's top 100 movie list. The film also won all of the top five Academy Awards which include Best Picture, Actor in Lead Role, Actress in Lead Role, Director and Screenplay. It also won a number of Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. Filming budget for the movie was $3 million with $109 million in box office sales.