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One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest Rated 15

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Dir. Miloš Forman. USA, 1975. 2h 14m. Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Will Sampson, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Danny De Vito.

Adapted from Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, Miloš Forman’s rebellious tragicomedy centres on Randle McMurphy, a convict who simulates mental illness in the hope that a transfer to psychiatric hospital will ensure his early release. But he hasn’t bargained for the rigid regimen of Nurse Ratched, who dislikes his disruptive — though he’d say liberating — effect on the ward. Winner of 5 Oscars and 6 BAFTAs.

"The role that put Jack Nicholson into the biggest of big leagues" ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"One of the great American films of the 1970s" ★★★★★ Sophie Wyatt, Little White Lies