One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest


(out of 5)

After being sentenced to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, convinces the authorities that he is crazy enough to serve his sentence in a mental institution instead of prison. When he gets there, he is put under the care of a nurse () who is severe to the point of making prison inmates seem less threatening. Nicholson does his best to liven the place up with his boisterous personality, plus survive with his own sanity intact, but Fletcher is at him at every turn to make sure she keeps him firmly in line. A fascinating drama highlighted by rich characters and a marvelous screenplay, expertly directed by Milos Forman and performed with exceptional skill by its leads as well as its budding supporting cast. ,  and  (earning himself an Oscar nomination) all make early career appearances, while Nicholson, Fletcher, Forman, screenwriters Bo Goldman and Laurence Hauben and producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz all picked up Oscars for their work (it’s one of only three films to win all five major Academy Awards).

Fantasy Films

USA, 1975

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the play by , from the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards
Best Actor (Jack Nicholson as “Randle Patrick McMurphy”)
Best Actress (Louise Fletcher as “Nurse Mildred Ratched”)
Best Directing (Milos Forman)
Best Picture (Saul Zaentz, Michael Douglas, producers)
Best Writing (Screenplay Adapted From Other Material) (Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Brad Dourif as “Billy Bibbit”)
Best Cinematography (Haskell Wexler, Bill Butler)
Best Film Editing (Richard Chew, Lynzee Klingman, Sheldon Kahn)
Best Music (Original Score) (Jack Nitzsche)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Louise Fletcher)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Jack Nicholson)
Best Director (Milos Forman)
Best Screenplay (Bo Goldman)


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