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Director: Milos Forman     Starring: Jack Nicholson
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One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest DVD 1 of 1

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Format: DVD
Sku: 206584622
UPC: 883929005505
UPC 14: 00883929005505
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"Winner of 5 Academy Awards, Including Best Picture."
A nice rest in a state mental hospital beats a stretch in the pen, right? Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a free-spirited con with lightning in his veins and glib on his tongue, fakes insanity and moves in with what he calls the "nuts." Immediately, his contagious sense of disorder runs up against numbing routine. No way should guys pickled on sedatives shuffle around in bathrobes when the World Series is on. This means war! On one side is McMurphy. On the other is soft-spoken Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), among the most coldly monstrous villians in film history. At stake is the fate of every patient on the ward.

"...a triumph of the human spirit...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"A masterpiece.  Mike Clark, USA Today
"A powerful, smashingly effective movie.  Pauline Kael, The New York Times
"A deeply disturbing film...[that is] compelling to the point of obsession...[a] jarring and electrifying drama...  The Motion Picture Guide
"...touching, hilarious, dramatic and completely effective...  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's Note
Milos Foreman's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, based on the novel by Ken Kesey and the play by Dale Wasserman, presents a biting and ultimately tragic satire about mental institutions and the human spirit. A disturbing, witty, and electrifying drama, the film won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Picture. R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a misbehaved con who shirks authority, finds himself in an asylum after faking insanity to get out of work detail in prison. The vivacious troublemaker soon finds himself in a worse kind of prison--one presided over by the repressed, terrifyingly quiet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), whose set of rules and regulations are meant to suppress patients' psychotic outbursts, and their spirits. It's not long before McMurphy is reaching out to his new inmates, trying desperately to bring life to an otherwise dead atmosphere. To Ratched, however, Nicholson's free spirit is as dangerous as a schizophrenic impulse. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is brilliantly acted by an ensemble that includes Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Vincent Schiavelli, and Danny DeVito.
Features
Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Slip Sleeve
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/8/2008
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1975
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000036153
Video UPC UPC: 00883929005505
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Brad Dourif
Video Cast Info Christopher Lloyd
Video Cast Info Danny DeVito
Video Cast Info Jack Nicholson
Video Cast Info Louise Fletcher
Video Cast Info Michael Berryman
Video Cast Info Scatman Crothers
Video Cast Info Vincent Schiavelli
Video Cast Info Bill Butler - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Bo Goldman - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Edwin O'Donovan - Art Director
Video Cast Info Haskell Wexler - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Jack Nitzsche - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ken Kesey - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Lawrence Hauben - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Lynzee Klingman - Editor
Video Cast Info Michael Douglas, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Milos Forman - Director
Video Cast Info Paul Sylbert - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Sheldon Kahn - Editor

Awards


Winner (1976)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Brad Dourif, Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - Male
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Milos Forman, Best Director - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Jack Nicholson, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Louise Fletcher, Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jack Nicholson, Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Louise Fletcher, Best Actress in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Milos Forman, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Michael Douglas, Saul Zaentz, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...[A] masterpiece..." 01/09/1998 p.3D

Chicago Bulletin
"...Nicholson's performance is one of the high points in a long career of enviable rebels..." 02/02/2003 p.5

Sight and Sound
"...[Nicholson's] flamboyant performance is balanced perfectly by superb character turns from Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito..." 12/01/2002 p.64

Premiere
"Nicholson's manic and slightly corrosive charm motors this study of one roistering inmate's effect on an entire mental institution." 04/01/2004 p.70

Total Film
"Milos Forman's masterpiece." 03/01/2004 p.5

Entertainment Weekly
"Nicholson's live-wire performance turns what could have been a standard movie malcontent into a martyr." -- Grade: A 09/17/2010

ReelViews 9 of 10
Arguably, some of the issues addressed by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest are not as relevant in 2006 as they were in the mid-1970s, but that realization in no way diminishes the film's dramatic impact. This was the second English language film for Czech-born filmmaker Milos Forman, who would go on to win two Oscars (one for this movie and one for Amadeus), and was the picture that catapulted him onto the A-list for directors. The negative aspects of mental health care impugned by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest are largely no longer in place today (electroconvulsive therapy is rarely used, frontal lobotomies are not performed), but the film's other themes are germane. On the surface, the movie is about the struggle of wills between patient R.P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) and Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). Beneath the surface, it's about the attempts of an autocratic force to squash the individual...As portrayed by Jack Nicholson, McMurphy is one of cinema's iconic characters, so it may come as a surprise to learn that Nicholson was not the filmmakers' first choice. He was number three on the list, and was only offered the part after it was turned down by Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando. In 1975, Nicholson's star was on the rise. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) is on every list of favorite films. It was the first film since "It Happened One Night" (1934) to win all five of the top Academy Awards, for best picture, actor (Nicholson), actress (Louise Fletcher), director (Milos Forman) and screenplay (Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman). It could for that matter have won, too, for cinematography (Haskell Wexler) and editing (Richard Chew). I was present at its world premiere, at the 1975 Chicago Film Festival, in the 3,000-seat Uptown Theatre, and have never heard a more tumultuous reception for a film...Nicholson's performance is one of the high points in a long career of enviable rebels. Jack is a beloved American presence, a superb actor who even more crucially is a superb male sprite. The joke lurking beneath the surface of most of his performances is that he gets away with things because he knows how to, wants to, and has the nerve to. His characters stand for freedom, anarchy, self-gratification and bucking the system, and often they also stand for generous friendship and a kind of careworn nobility. The key to the success of his work in "About Schmidt" is that he conceals these qualities--he becomes one of the patients, instead of the liberating McMurphy. - Roger Ebert

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