One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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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 emphasized 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

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title: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
theatricalDate: 01-01-1975
stars: Jack Nicholson
Louise Fletcher
purchase date: 03-07-2005
publisher: Warner Home Video
published: 24-09-2002
price: $26.99
net Rating: 4.5
MPAA Rating: R
minutes: 133
number of media: 2
last lookup time: 142115472
genre: Drama
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fullTitle: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Two-Disc Special Edition)
features: Color
edition: Two-Disc Special
director: Milos Forman
currentValue: $13.99
created: 142115472
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B00006FDCP