- Actors: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco, Dean R. Brooks
- Directors: Milos Forman
- Writers: Bo Goldman, Dale Wasserman, Ken Kesey, Lawrence Hauben
- Producers: Martin Fink, Michael Douglas, Saul Zaentz
- Format: VHS
- Language: English
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Warner
- VHS Release Date: 20 Mar. 2000
- Run Time: 134 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CN97
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,491 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest [VHS]
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Milos Forman's acclaimed adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel. After being imprisoned for statutory rape, an unrepentant Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is transferred to a state mental hospital where he must serve out the remainder of his sentence. Here he sets about leading his fellow inmates in a revolt against the cold and inflexible Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) and the hospital's systematic oppression of its patients. The film won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Actress (Fletcher).
One of the key movies of the 1970s, when exciting, groundbreaking, personal films were still being made in Hollywood, Milos Forman's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest emphasised the humanistic story at the heart of Ken Kesey's more hallucinogenic novel. Jack Nicholson was born to play the part of Randle Patrick McMurphy, the rebellious inmate of a psychiatric hospital who fights back against the authorities' cold attitudes of institutional superiority, as personified by Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). It's the classic antiestablishment tale of one man asserting his individuality in the face of a repressive, conformist system--and it works on every level. Forman populates his film with memorably eccentric faces, and gets such freshly detailed and spontaneous work from his ensemble that the picture sometimes feels like a documentary. Unlike a lot of films pitched at the "youth culture" of the 1970s, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest really hasn't dated a bit, because the qualities of human nature that Forman captures--playfulness, courage, inspiration, pride, stubbornness--are universal and timeless. The film swept the Academy Awards for 1976, winning in all the major categories (picture, director, actor, actress, screenplay) for the first time since Frank Capra's It Happened One Night in 1931. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
The disruptive influence that McMurphy brings to this peaceful and ordered world puts him on a collision course with the manipulative and tyrannical Nurse Ratched, which can only end in trouble. As we experience the problems of his fellow inmates we are forced to reflect on what normality really is, and where we fit into it. This film is a tough watch, but his hugely insightful, drawing on Kesey's own experience working in mental institutions. Humorous, touching and in a strange way life affirming. A film deserving of the 5 Oscars it won.