🎥 One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest – 1975
The Story …
In the autumn of 1963, Randle McMurphy is on an Oregon work farm for the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl.
He pretends to be insane in order to get himself transferred to a mental institution and avoid hard labour. The ward is dominated by head nurse Mildred Ratched, a cold, passive-aggressive tyrant who intimidates her patients.
The other patients include young, anxious, stuttering Billy Bibbit; Charlie Cheswick, who is prone to temper tantrums; dim-witted, child-like Martini; the articulate, repressed homosexual Dale Harding; belligerent and profane Max Taber; epileptics Jim Sefelt and Bruce Fredrickson; quiet but violent-minded Scanlon; tall, deaf-mute Native American “Chief” Bromden; and several others with chronic conditions …
Ratched sees McMurphy’s lively, rebellious presence as a threat to her authority, which she responds to by confiscating and rationing the patients’ cigarettes and suspending their card-playing privileges.
McMurphy finds himself in a battle of wills against Ratched. He steals a school bus, escaping with several patients to go fishing on the Pacific Coast and encouraging them to discover their own abilities and find self-confidence.
After an orderly tells him that his prison sentence no longer applies to him since he has been committed, McMurphy makes plans to escape with Chief. He also learns that he, Chief, and Taber are the only non-chronic patients who have been involuntarily committed; the others have committed themselves and may leave at any time, but are too afraid to do so. After Cheswick bursts into a fit and demands his cigarettes from Ratched, McMurphy starts a fight with the orderlies and Chief intervenes to help him.
McMurphy, Chief, and Cheswick are sent to the Disturbed ward after the fight, and Chief inadvertently reveals to McMurphy that he can speak and hear normally.
He has feigned deaf-muteness to avoid engaging with anyone, remembering the way in which alcoholism destroyed his father’s life. After being subjected to electroconvulsive therapy, McMurphy returns to the ward pretending to be brain-damaged, but then reveals that the treatment has made him even more determined to defeat Ratched. McMurphy and Chief make plans to escape, but decide to throw a secret Christmas party for their friends after Ratched and the orderlies leave for the night.
McMurphy sneaks two prostitutes, Candy and Rose, and bottles of alcohol into the ward and bribes night orderly Turkle to allow the party. Afterward, McMurphy and Chief prepare to escape, inviting Billy to come with them. Billy refuses, but asks for a “date” with Candy; McMurphy arranges for him to have sex with her. McMurphy and the others get drunk, and McMurphy falls asleep instead of making his escape with Chief.
Ratched arrives in the morning to find the ward in disarray and most of the patients passed out. She discovers Billy and Candy together, and aims to embarrass Billy in front of everyone. Billy manages to overcome his stutter and stands up to Ratched.
When she threatens to tell his mother, Billy cracks under the pressure and reverts to stuttering. Ratched has him placed in the doctor’s office. Moments later, McMurphy punches an orderly when trying to escape out of a window with the Chief, causing the other orderlies to intervene. Meanwhile, Billy commits suicide by slitting his throat with broken glass. Ratched tries to ease the situation by calling for the day’s routine to continue as usual, and an enraged McMurphy strangles Ratched. The orderlies subdue McMurphy, saving Ratched’s life.
Some time later, Ratched is wearing a neck brace and speaking with a weak voice, and Harding now leads the now-unsuspended card-playing.
McMurphy is nowhere to be found, leading to rumors that he has escaped. Later that night, Chief sees McMurphy being returned to his bed. Chief greets him, elated that McMurphy had kept his promise not to escape without him, but discovers that McMurphy has been lobotomized. After tearfully hugging McMurphy, Chief smothers him to death with a pillow.
He then tears a hydrotherapy console free of its floor mountings, throws it through a window, and escapes as Taber and the other inmates awaken and cheer for him …
- Directed by Miloš Forman
- Screenplay by Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman and Miloš Forman
- Screenplay by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman
- Based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
- Produced by Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas
- Cinematography : Haskell Wexler and Bill Butler
- Edited by Richard Chew, Lynzee Klingman and Sheldon Kahn
- Music by Jack Nitzsche
- Production Company : Fantasy Films
- Distributed by United Artists
- Release Date : November 1975
- Jack Nicholson as Randle Patrick “R.P.” McMurphy
- Louise Fletcher as Nurse Mildred Ratched
- Will Sampson as “Chief” Bromden
- William Redfield as Dale Harding
- Brad Dourif as Billy Bibbit
- Sydney Lassick as Charlie Cheswick
- Christopher Lloyd as Max Taber
- Danny DeVito as Martini
- Dean Brooks as Dr. John Spivey
- William Duell as Jim Sefelt
- Vincent Schiavelli as Bruce Frederickson
- Michael Berryman as Ellis
- Alonzo Brown as Attendant Miller
- Mwako Cumbaka as Attendant Warren
- Nathan George as Attendant Washington
- Marya Small as Candy
- Scatman Crothers as Night Guard Turkle
- Phil Roth as Woolsey
- Louisa Moritz as Rose
- Peter Brocco as Col. Matterson
- Delos V. Smith Jr. as Scanlon
- Josip Elic as Bancini
- Mimi Sarkisian as Nurse Pilbow
- Ted Markland as Hap Arlich
- Mary Costa as Mrs. Johnson
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