One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is a gripping drama that, while not strictly a horror film, delves deep into the psychological horrors of institutionalization and the human spirit's battle against oppression.
Based on Ken Kesey's novel of the same name, the film offers a scathing critique of the mental health system of its time and the societal norms that label non-conformity as insanity.
Randle Patrick McMurphy, a rebellious convict, feigns insanity to escape hard labor in prison. He is sent to a mental institution, where he encounters a group of patients under the strict rule of Nurse Ratched.
As McMurphy challenges the system and inspires the patients to rebel, the film unravels the thin line between sanity and madness.
- Release Date: November 19, 1975
- Duration: 133 minutes
- Rating: R
- Country of Origin: United States
Cast & Crew
- Main Cast:
- Jack Nicholson as Randle Patrick McMurphy
- Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched
- Will Sampson as Chief Bromden
- Brad Dourif as Billy Bibbit
- Director: Miloš Forman
- Writers: Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman (screenplay), based on the novel by Ken Kesey
Where to Stream
United States (US)
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United Kingdom (GB)
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There are currently no streaming offers in the CA.
Streaming: Canadians can stream the movie on the Starz Amazon Channel.
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- Production Company: Fantasy Films
- Distributor: United Artists
- Budget: $4.4 million
- Box Office Collection: $108.1 million
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest was met with widespread acclaim upon its release and has since been regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.
- Critical Reception: Critics lauded the film for its powerful performances, especially that of Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher. The narrative's exploration of mental institutions and the human spirit's resilience was praised for its depth and authenticity. The film's direction, screenplay, and cinematography were also subjects of commendation.
- Audience Reception: The movie resonated with audiences worldwide, not just for its compelling story but also for its underlying themes of rebellion, freedom, and the human spirit's indomitable will. Many viewers found themselves rooting for McMurphy and the other patients, making the film's climax all the more heart-wrenching.
- Awards & Nominations: The film was a significant contender during the awards season, securing numerous accolades. It became only the second film in history to win the "Big Five" Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Miloš Forman), Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman). Additionally, it received nominations in various other categories and won several international film awards.