Classic Film Guide

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Jack Nicholson won his first Oscar on his fifth nomination. Best selling author Ken Kesey said he would never watch the movie version of his story about life in a mental hospital and even sued the movie's producers because it wasn't shown from Chief Bromden's perspective, like the novel. The second picture ever to win the top five awards (see It Happened One Night (1934)). Added to the National Film Registry in 1993. Best Actress Oscar winner Louise Fletcher's Nurse Ratched is the #5 villain on AFI's list. Director Milos Forman completed the sweep. Brad Dourif received his only Oscar (Supporting) nomination. #20 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies list. #17 on AFI's 100 Most Inspiring Movies list.

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