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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (movie)

1975 drama film based on the novel by Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 American drama movie based on Ken Kesey's novel of the same name, directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson. It is set on a locked psychiatric ward in 1963 Oregon. It was the first movie to win all five main Academy Awards since It Happened One Night. These awards included Best Picture, Best Actor (Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher), Best Director (Forman), and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie was the 20th best ever, according to the American Film Industry's AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies list. The novel's writer, Kesey, disliked the movie, because it did not take the perspective (view) of a Native American character, Chief Bromden (a more important character in the book than in the movie). The screenplay was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Directed byMilos Forman
Produced byMichael Douglas
Saul Zaentz
Written byBo Goldman
Laurence Hauben
From the book by Ken Kesey
StarringJack Nicholson
Louise Fletcher
Brad Dourif
Music byJack Nitzsche
CinematographyHaskell Wexler
Bill Butler
Edited bySheldon Kahn
Lynzee Klingman
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
November 19, 1975
Running time
133 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$4.4 million

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