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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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21 November 1975 (USA) See more »
If he's crazy, what does that make you?
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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Won 5 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 12 nominations See more »


  (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)
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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133 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 | Russia:16+ | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Soviet Union:16 (cut) | 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?

During most of the film's shooting, William Redfield was ill. He died after the film was completed, on August 17, 1976.See more »
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 »
[first lines]
Attendant Warren:Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched:Good morning.
Attendant Washington:Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched:Mr. Washington.
Nurse Ratched:Good morning.
Nurse Pilbow:Good morning, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched:Good morning.
Attendant Washington:Morning, Bancini.
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