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Updated on March 30th, 2019

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse.

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Movie Reviews: “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Movie Review: Hollywood Reporter

Chalk up Jack Nicholson as yet another strong contender for a Best Actor nomination in the 1975 Academy Award sweepstakes. After the lethargies of Passenger and the forced humor of Fortune, Nicholson illuminates the dark recesses of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with the kind of tough, resilient, multi-layered performance that made Five Easy Pieces and The Last Detail so memorable.

As novelist Ken Kesey’s R.P. McMurphy, a convict who has himself transferred to a state mental institution by feigning insanity, he draws a frighteningly persuasive portrait of a preeminently sane man being pushed to the outer limits of his sanity by the need to conform to hospital rules and regulations, as enunciated by Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

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Movie Review: Time Out

Nicholson is RP McMurphy, jailed for statutory rape (‘she was 15 going on 30, Doc!’) but moved to the asylum in an effort to curb his wilder tendencies. There he encounters a motley band of fellow inmates, all of them living under the heel of passive-aggressive ball-buster Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), who resolves to snuff out McMurphy’s rebellious tendencies.

The performances are riveting: Nicholson plays it big but never tips into smirking caricature. The supporting cast is flawless, with a special mention owed to Brad Dourif as poor, doomed Billy Bibbit. But the script lacks the woozy, otherworldly subtlety of Kesey’s book, relying instead on pop psychology and finger-pointing: once again, it turns out women are to blame for pretty much everything.

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Movie Review: Entertainment Weekly

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By the time Jack Nicholson starred in Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (R, 133 mins., 1975), he was on a magical run. After Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail, and Chinatown, he’d become the ideal leading man for the Vietnam/Watergate era. No one could sniff out phonies or flip the bird at authority with the same cocked-eyebrow cunning. But madhouse merry prankster R.P. McMurphy remains the greatest character in the bunch. Based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, Cuckoo’s Nest kicks off as Nicholson’s hell-raising McMurphy is transferred to a grim mental hospital for evaluation.

He isn’t insane, though, just crazy like a fox, inciting the ward’s sedated patients against Louise Fletcher’s Nurse Ratched, a prim sadist beneath a serene smile. There’s never a doubt who’ll win — after all, the film is a product of the downbeat ’70s. But Nicholson’s live-wire performance turns what could have been a standard movie malcontent into a martyr. Cuckoo’s Nest swept all of the top categories at the 1975 Oscars, giving Nicholson his first statuette.

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