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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 80. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

July 31, 2011

80. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest [DVD] (1975)

Plot: In 1963 Oregon, R.P McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), is serving a prison sentence for statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl, but is transferred to a mental institution run by Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) for evaluation.

McMurphy finds that the other patients are more fearful of Nurse Ratched than they are focused on becoming functional in the outside world and decides to shake things up.

Also Starring: Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Berryman, Vincent Schiavelli, Brad Dourif, Will Sampson

Directed by: Milos Forman
Written by: Bo Goldman, Lawrence Hauben (screenplay) Dale Wasserman (play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) Ken Kesey (novel

Length: 133 min
Budget: $4,400,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $112,000,000 (USA)

If he’s crazy, what does that make you? (Tagline)

Review: Ever wondered why Jack Nicholson gets laid or what a retarded Danny DeVito looks like?

Favorite Quote:
McMurphy: Is that crazy enough for ya’? Want me to take a shit on the floor?

Or maybe you would like to know what a Native American actor looks like who isn’t Graham Greene? (Or not even that 1/8 Cherokee Lou Diamond Phillips…)

Or perhaps you have a “naughty nurse” fetish and want to know where the trend started?

Whether just one of those reasons fits you or whether you, like me, find all those reasons appealing, this movie is for you!

And trust me, you won’t be disappointed!!

Oscar Count: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ became the first film in 41 years to sweep the major categories of best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay. The first was It Happened One Night, four decades earlier.

5 Wins: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Nicholson) Best Actress in a Leading Role (Louise Fletcher), Best Director (Milos Forman), Best Picture (Saul Zaentz, Michael Douglas) Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material (Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman)

4 Nominations:
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Brad Dourif), Best Cinematography (Haskell Wexler, Bill Butler) Best Film Editing (Richard Chew, Lynzee Klingman, Sheldon Kahn) Best Music, Original Dramatic Score (Jack Nitzsche)


Nerdiest Movie Trivia: Kirk Douglas, who owned the rights, planned to star himself, but by the time they got around to making the film he was too old. He then handed the project over to his son Michael Douglas.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 81. Highlander (1986)


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