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item number: 39V92
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 4, 2011
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary by diretor Milos Forman and producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz
- Additional scenes
- Theatrical trailer
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Will Sampson, Brad Dourif, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco, William Duell, Nathan George, Paul Lambert, Sydney Lassick, Ted Markland, Louisa Moritz, Vincent Schiavelli, Mwako Cumbuka & Marya Small|
|Directed by||Milos Forman|
|Edited by||Richard Chew, Sheldon Kahn & Lynzee Klingman|
|Screenwriting by||Lawrence Hauben & Bo Goldman|
|Composition by||Jack Nitzsche|
|Story by||Ken Kesey|
|Produced by||Michael Douglas & Saul Zaentz|
|Director of Photography:||Bill Butler, Haskell Wexler & William A. Fraker|
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Actor: Jack Nicholson
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Actress: Louise Fletcher
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Director: Milos Forman
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Film Editing: Sheldon Kahn
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1975 - Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material: Bo Goldman & Lawrence Hauben
Nicholson's live-wire performance turns what could have been a standard movie malcontent into a martyr. -- Grade: A
It could be said that the film is Jack Nicholson, with his incredible range from humor to drama, from pure physical pain to anguish or melancholy. Everything in him is alive, transparent. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Rating: 4/4 -- Nicholson explodes on the screen in a performance so flawless in timing and character perception that it should send half the stars in Hollywood back to acting school. Full Review
New York Daily News
Rating: 5/5 -- The sexual politics have dated, yet conversely, Cuckoo's overlap with Michel Foucault's ideas on the construction and socio-political appropriation of madness remains potent and urgent. Full Review
Milos Forman’s classic straddles the line between hilarious and serious business in chronicling the goings-on at a mental institution.
Rating: 5/5 -- Watching this again, I am less inclined to regard Nurse Ratched as a simple villain, despite her vindictive humiliation of poor, shy Billy, and more like a professional who refuses to be bullied by a bunch of men. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- A dark vision of the American psychiatric system which incorporates a tragic seam of comedy. Full Review
Little White Lies
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.
Classic | Prison / Prisoners | Psychodrama | Social Issues | Recommended | Character Study | Mental Illness | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- Theatrical Release: November 20, 1975.
- Filmed on location at the Oregon State Mental Hospital in Salem, Oregon.
- ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is number 20 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
- ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
- On November 3, 1963, the stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel was brought to Broadway, starring Kirk Douglas as McMurphy. (Gene Wilder also appeared in the show.)
- The film marked the debut of actor Brad Dourif.
- Estimated budget: $4.4 million.
- The production was aided by the labor of inmates of the institution where they were filming.
- Danny De Vito and Christopher Lloyd, who played two of the patients, later worked closely together on the television show TAXI, which also featured guest appearances by Vincent Schiavelli, another inmate in CUCKOO'S NEST. All three actors also appeared in Forman's MAN ON THE MOON.
- Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, and Burt Reynolds were all considered for the role that ultimately went to Jack Nicholson. Kirk Douglas, producer Michael Douglas's father, had played McMurphy onstage and was interested in the part for the film; Douglas told Newsday in January 2001, "I think my dad was disappointed that I hadn't given him the role."
- Anne Bancroft, Colleen Dewhurst, Ellen Burstyn, Angela Lansbury, and Geraldine Page were all offered the role that ultimately went to Louise Fletcher.
- The film played in theaters in Sweden for 11 consecutive years.
- UPC: 883929152605
- Shipping Weight: 0.15/lbs (approx)
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