A nice rest in a state mental hospital beats a stretch in the pen, right? Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson in his memorable Oscar-winning performance), a free-spirited con with lightning in his veins and glib on his tongue, fakes insanity and moves in with what he calls the "nuts."
Immediately, his contagious sense of disorder runs up against numbing routine. No way should guys pickled on sedatives shuffle around in bathrobes when the World Series is on. This means war!
On one side is McMurphy. On the other is soft-spoken Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher in her own Oscar-winning performance), among the most coldly monstrous villains in film history. At stake is the fate of every patient on the ward.
Based on Ken Kesey's acclaimed bestseller, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest swept all five major Academy Awards: "Best Picture," "Best Actor" (Nicholson), "Best Actress" (Fletcher), "Best Director" (Milos Forman) and "Best Screenplay Adaptation" (Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman).
Raucous, searing, and with a superb supporting cast that includes Brad Dourif, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Lloyd (in his film debut), this one soars.