One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

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Asylum inmate jack nicholson rattles his cage and tangles with steely head nurse louise fletcher in this now-legendary adaptation of ken kesey's powerful nonconromity parable.

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Studio Warner
SKU 40172579
UPC 085393746322
UPC 14 00085393746322
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Character Study
Classic
Essential Cinema
Mental Illness
Prison/Prisoners
Psychodrama
Recommended
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Directors
Milos Forman
Actors
Jack Nicholson
Cast & Crew
William Redfield - Actor
Danny DeVito - Actor
Jack Nicholson - Actor
Louise Fletcher - Actor
Milos Forman - Director
Saul Zaentz - Producer
Michael Douglas - Producer
Lawrence Hauben - Writer
Bo Goldman - Writer
Bo Goldman - Screenplay
Brad Dourif - Actor
Christopher Lloyd - Actor
Haskell Wexler - Director of Photography
Jack Nitzsche - Musical Score
Ken Kesey - Based On Novel By
Lawrence Hauben - Screenplay
Scatman Crothers - Actor
Vincent Schiavelli - Actor
Will Sampson - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 37463
UPC 00085393746322
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 133 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Bashkir, English, French, Japanese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (1976) Jack Nicholson, Winner, Best Actor,Louise Fletcher, Winner, Best Actress,Milos Forman, Winner, Best Director,Michael Douglas, Saul Zaentz, Winner, Best Picture,Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay,Jack Nicholson, Winner, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material,Louise Fletcher, Winner, Best Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1976) Brad Dourif, Winner, Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - Male,Jack Nicholson, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama,Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Winner, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Louise Fletcher, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama,Milos Forman, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture,One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama
Reviews
ReviewSource The Motion Picture Guide
Review A deeply disturbing film...nevertheless compelling to the point of obsession... Beyond jarring and e
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ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Actor Nicholson,Jack
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...a triumph of the human spirit...
Pauline Kael, The New York Times A powerful, smashingly effective movie.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ...touching, hilarious, dramatic and completely effective...
Mike Clark, USA Today A masterpiece.
The Motion Picture Guide A deeply disturbing film...[that is] compelling to the point of obsession...[a] jarring and electrifying drama...

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