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One flew over the cuckoo's nest

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Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) has a very long rap sheet ranging from assault to rape and he has landed himself in jail again. This time things are different; rather than shipping him off on a prison bus to the jail, he is sent to an asylum for the mentally insane. He has managed to trick the quacks into thinking that he is a looney tune. His asylum stay is only a trial period, however, just to make sure whether he really is insane or not. Within his first few moments there, he finds that it is not all fun and games.

The life is dull and repetitive. There is music playing all the time, the same old records, but most of the inmates are so used to its jammering that they have tuned it out completely. There is no excitement. Everyone on the ward seems to mutually fear Nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher), who instigates very strict policies. McMurphy knows right away that something is wrong. These people don't think for themselves. They don't care that they are in there. Why? He decides to breathe some fun into their existence on several occasions. He starts a basketball game, as well as several card games; of course, McMurphy always wins the games and everyone on the ward owes him at least a few hundred cigarettes. Something is wrong, but what?

He makes a bet with those capable of betting, that within a week, he will completely and utterly destroy Nurse Ratched's routines... basically screw up the works indefinitely. They all say that it will never happen. He makes a fool of himself. he is loud, destructive, dangerous, inconsiderate and everything else to the other inmates. Nurse Ratched signs him up for shock treatment, and what not, but she never manages to break him. He forms a strong bond with everyone on the ward and they begin to smile.

Nurse Ratched can feel her reigns slipping. The unbreakable hold she had on the inmates is fading away; she has no respect; she gets no respect. McMurphy is considered a dangerous presence on the ward, because of his unbalanced influence on the other people there, but also because of his excessive gambling operations with the other inmates, who all owe him money by this time. How long will this go on? He soon finds out that his stay at the asylum isn't like a stay in jail. He finds that he is not free to go until Nurse Ratched decides he is ready for the world. all this time he has been making her angry. What Now? Escape?

Persons of interest

  • Jack Nicholson .... Randle Patrick McMurphy
  • Louise Fletcher .... Nurse Mildred Ratched
  • William Redfield .... Harding
  • Michael Berryman .... Ellis
  • Peter Brocco .... Colonel Matterson
  • Dean R Brooks .... Dr John Spivey
  • Alonzo Brown .... Miller
  • Scatman Crothers .... Orderly Turkle
  • Mwako Cumbuka .... Attendant Warren
  • Danny DeVito .... Martini
  • William Duell .... Jim Sefelt
  • Josip Elic .... Bancini
  • Lan Fendors .... Nurse Itsu
  • Nathan George .... Attendant Washington
  • Ken Kenny .... Beans Garfield
  • Mel Lambert .... Harbormaster
  • Sydney Lassick .... Charlie Cheswick
  • Ken Kesey .... Author
  • Bo Goldman .... Screenwriter
  • Lawrence Hauben .... Screenwriter
  • Milos Forman .... Director

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Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

129 minutes (2:09 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 7 August 2000

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