One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • Film
  • Comedy
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A strictly realistic approach to Ken Kesey's novel confines the horizons of the original into a saner, less delirious tragi-comedy. Set in an insane asylum, the film involves the oppression of the individual, a struggle spearheaded by an ebullient Nicholson, turning in a star performance if ever there was one as he leads his fellow-inmates against the sinisterly well-meaning Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). For all the film's painstaking sensitivity and scrupulous chartings of energies and repressions, one longs for more muscle, which only Nicholson consistently provides.

Release details

Duration: 134 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Milos Forman
Screenwriter: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman
Cast: Jack Nicholson
Louise Fletcher
William Redfield
Will Sampson
Brad Dourif
Sydney Lassick
Christopher Lloyd
Danny DeVito
Delos V Smith Jr
Marya Small
Louisa Moritz
Dean R Brooks
Scatman Crothers
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