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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest -- A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Hauben (screenplay) and
Bo Goldman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
21 November 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If he's crazy, what does that make you?
Plot:
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Touching and moving, a great cinematic experience See more (798 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Berryman ... Ellis

Peter Brocco ... Col. Matterson
Dean R. Brooks ... Dr. Spivey
Alonzo Brown ... Miller

Scatman Crothers ... Turkle

Mwako Cumbuka ... Warren

Danny DeVito ... Martini
William Duell ... Sefelt
Josip Elic ... Bancini
Lan Fendors ... Nurse Itsu

Louise Fletcher ... Nurse Ratched

Nathan George ... Washington
Ken Kenny ... Beans Garfield
Mel Lambert ... Harbor Master

Sydney Lassick ... Cheswick
Kay Lee ... Night Supervisor

Christopher Lloyd ... Taber
Dwight Marfield ... Ellsworth

Ted Markland ... Hap Arlich

Louisa Moritz ... Rose

Jack Nicholson ... R.P. McMurphy

William Redfield ... Harding
Philip Roth ... Woolsey (as Phil Roth)

Will Sampson ... Chief Bromden
Mimi Sarkisian ... Nurse Pilbow

Vincent Schiavelli ... Fredrickson

Mews Small ... Candy (as Marya Small)
Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Scanlon
Tin Welch ... Ruckley

Brad Dourif ... Billy Bibbit
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Aurore Clément ... Lady on Pier (uncredited)
Bill Gratton ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Anjelica Huston ... Woman in Crowd on Pier (uncredited)

Audrey Landers ... Actress on TV Screen (uncredited)
Tom McCall ... News Commentator (uncredited)
James V. Shore ... Doctor (uncredited)

Saul Zaentz ... Captain on Shore (uncredited)

Directed by
Milos Forman 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Hauben (screenplay) and
Bo Goldman (screenplay)

Ken Kesey (based on the novel by)

Dale Wasserman (the play version: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by)

Produced by
Michael Douglas .... producer
Martin Fink .... associate producer
Saul Zaentz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sheldon Kahn 
Lynzee Klingman 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Production Design by
Paul Sylbert 
 
Art Direction by
Edwin O'Donovan 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Gerry Leetch .... hairdresser
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (as Fred Phillips)
 
Production Management
Joel Douglas .... unit production manager
Irving Saraf .... post-production supervisor
Joel Chernoff .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Saint John .... second assistant director (as William St. John)
Irby Smith .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe Acord .... construction coordinator
Tom Bartholomew .... production painter
Terry E. Lewis .... props (as Terry Lewis)
Rudy Reachi .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... post-production sound director
Pat Jackson .... sound editor
Larry Jost .... sound recordist (as Lawrence Jost)
Mary McGlone .... sound editor
Philip Rogers .... sound restoration
Robert R. Rutledge .... sound editor (as Robert Rutledge)
Kirk Schuler .... assistant sound editor
Veronica Selver .... sound editor
Gene Radzik .... Dolby consultant: 2001 5.1 remix (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Butler .... additional photography
Dick Colean .... camera operator
William A. Fraker .... additional photography (as William Fraker)
Hugh K. Gagnier .... camera operator (as Hugh Gagnier)
George Hill .... key grip
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Dennis Marks .... gaffer
Walter Nichols .... best boy
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Robert Stevens)
Bill Tenny .... gaffer
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (as Robert Thomas)
Doug Willis .... best boy
Richard J. Edesa .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (uncredited)
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aggie Guerard Rodgers .... costumer (as Agnes Rodgers)
 
Editorial Department
Richard Chew .... supervising film editor
Arthur Coburn .... assistant film editor (as Art Coburn)
Constance Field .... assistant film editor
Bonnie Koehler .... assistant film editor
Jay Miracle .... assistant film editor
 
Location Management
Frank Noonan .... location auditor
Denise Schreiter .... location coordinator
Jim Young .... location auditor
 
Music Department
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation captain (as Tom Thomas)
 
Other crew
Natalie Drache .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title
Rhonda Kramer .... production office coordinator
Leonard Lipton .... production assistant
Dean R. Brooks .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Katherine Wilson .... production associate (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cuckoo's Nest" - International (English title) (informal short title)
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"Atrapado sin salida" - Argentina, Chile (imdb display title), Mexico, Peru (imdb display title)
"Einer flog über das Kuckucksnest" - Austria (imdb display title), Germany (imdb display title), West Germany (imdb display title)
"Gökboet" - Finland (Swedish title) (imdb display title), Sweden
"Let iznad kukavičjeg gnijezda" - Croatia, Yugoslavia (Croatian title)
"Let nad kukavičjim gnezdom" - Slovenia, Yugoslavia (Slovenian title)
"Přelet nad kukaččím hnízdem" - Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia (Czech title)
"Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou" - Canada (French title), France
"Στη φωλιά του κούκου" - Greece
"Полет над кукувиче гнездо" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Пролетая над гнездом кукушки" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Пролiтаючи над гнiздом зозулi" - Ukraine
"Algú va volar sobre el niu del cucut" - Spain (Catalan title) (imdb display title)
"Alguien voló sobre el nido del cuco" - Spain
"Bay Tren To Chim Cuc Cu" - Vietnam (imdb display title)
"Divaneh Az Ghafas Parid" - Iran (Persian title) (imdb display title)
"En flög över gökboet" - Finland (Swedish title) (alternative title)
"Gøgereden" - Denmark
"Gaukshreiðrið" - Iceland
"Gjøkeredet" - Norway
"Guguk Kusu" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"Kakkou no su no ue de" - Japan
"Ken Ha-Cookiya" - Israel (Hebrew title)
"Lendas üle käopesa" - Estonia (imdb display title)
"Let iznad kukavičjeg gnezda" - Serbia
"Lot nad kukulczym gniazdem" - Poland
"Prelet nad kukučím hniezdom" - Czechoslovakia (Slovak title)
"Prelet nad kukucim hniezdom" - Slovakia (TV title)
"Qualcuno volò sul nido del cuculo" - Italy
"Skrydis virs gegutes lizdo" - Lithuania (imdb display title)
"Száll a kakukk fészkére" - Hungary
"Um Estranho no Ninho" - Brazil
"Vlucht boven een koekoeksnest" - Belgium (Flemish title) (imdb display title)
"Vlucht boven een koekoeksnest" - Netherlands (informal literal title)
"Voando Sobre Um Ninho de Cucos" - Portugal
"Yksi lensi yli käenpesän" - Finland
"Zbor deasupra unui cuib de cuci" - Romania (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
133 min
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Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Austria:12 | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2006) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | France:12 (re-rating) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:G | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1976) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2016) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (Approved No. 24414) | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, and Vincent Schiavelli play the inmates of an asylum. All three ended up as villains in Tim Burton's Batman films: Nicholson was the Joker in Batman (1989), DeVito and Schiavelli were the Penguin and the Organ Grinder, respectively, in Batman Returns (1992).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As McMurphy dances with one of the patients while trying to convince more people to vote in favor of watching the World Series, the shadow of a camera is plainly visible on their backs.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Life Itself (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
White ChristmasSee more »

FAQ

How closely does the movie follow the novel?
Did Nurse Ratched want Billy to kill himself?
What does the title mean?
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309 out of 358 people found the following review useful.
Touching and moving, a great cinematic experience, 3 July 2004
Author: TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews from Earth

Jack Nicholson is a great actor. No, not a great actor, a spectacular actor. This is a film from fairly early in his career, as well as it is for several other actors in this film, who later have had long, great careers too, including Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd and Brad Dourif. The film has some unforgettable moments... who could forget Louise Fletcher's icy stare, Jack Nicholson's smart-aleck remarks or Will Sampson's impressive, almost entirely silent performance? The film portrays the horrible truth about how patients were treated in mental institutions back then, and tells the story of someone who desperately wanted to break out, to rebel, to change things, for himself and for the others. I was compelled by this film, from the very first frame. I never took my eyes off it, and I will definitely be thinking about this film for a while. I thought it was great the way one of the very first frames depicted the institution as something far more similar to a prison than a hospital. Milos Forman did a great job of making that contrast very powerful to the viewer. The film is very moving and a truly beautiful cinematic experience. Every single actor gives a stellar performance, every single character is perfectly written, every single line, every single frame is absolutely perfect. I wouldn't change a thing in this film. It has a great pace, you never lose interest, but it never seems to be rushing to get through it, either. It's simply perfect. I have not read the original book, but if I ever come across it, I might check it out. I have only seen this film once, but I will definitely watch it many times in years to come. I recommend this amazing piece of great cinema to anyone who has at least a slight interest in the drama genre, or any fan of any of the actors, as they are all in their absolute prime in this film. 10/10

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