Ciné-Club: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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.

Consistently voted one of the best films ever made, this adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel of the same name is an unflinching study of institutional control and violence, with a career-defining performance by Jack Nicholson.   

 

The film remains as fresh, shocking, depressing and exhilarating as when it was released. - Film4

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Milos Forman, 1975, 133 minutes