When Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward's patients.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was one of the most iconic movies of the 1970s, jumpstarting the careers of Christopher Llyod, Danny DeVito and, of course, Jack Nicholson. Based on the 1962 novel, the movie went on to win all five major Academy Awards Best Picture, Actor in Lead Role, Actress in Lead Role, Director, and Screenplay.
Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, William Redfield, Scatman Crothers, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd