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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, more...
Director: Milos Forman, Milos Forman
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Running Time: 134 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, Milos Forman's 1975 film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment urge to conform. Playing crazy to avoid prison work detail, manic free spirit Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation. There he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates, including cowed mama's boy Billy (Brad Dourif) and silent Native American Chief Bromden (Will Sampson), presided over by the icy Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). Ratched and McMurphy recognize that each is the other's worst enemy: an authority figure who equates sanity with correct behavior, and a misfit who is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as he pleases. McMurphy proceeds to instigate group insurrections large and small, ranging from a restorative basketball game to an unfettered afternoon boat trip and a tragic after-hours party with hookers and booze. Nurse Ratched, however, has the machinery of power on her side to ensure that McMurphy will not defeat her. Still, McMurphy's message to live free or die is ultimately not lost on one inmate, revealing that escape is still possible even from the most oppressive conditions. ~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide

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decent bonus content by alexjb September 25, 2006 - 2:05 PM PDT
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just to comment on the 'bonus disc' content - it's got a making of featurette and deleted scenes, which doesn't seem like much.

the deleted scenes have no commentary, just an introductory title, but there's a 'play all' option which is convenient.

the faturette, however, is actually fairly well done. it is obviously a relatively recent creation, as the primaries are all much older than they were, but it's got face time from several of the actors, the director, and producers. interview content is blended with production stills and movie scenes; some of the background on how the main players came together is included, which was illuminating to me at least.

perhaps most interesting was to hear about how the conditions of the filming in particular - the actors residing in an actual mental institution, etc.

overall, a worthwhile addition to the film.




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Best Picture Oscar Winners: 1970s
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A great decade for film, with some of the runners-up to these winners also classics.
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forget the Oscars! they get it wrong nearly every year. this is my list of best U.S. and best non-U.S. movies for every year back to 1930. (some years have no winners). my rules are a little different than the Academy's.
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