One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • R
  • 2h 14m
  • 1975
Certified Fresh94%
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A feisty misfit sent to a mental hospital inspires his fellow patients to assert themselves, much to the chagrin of the strong-willed head nurse, who turns out to be more dangerous than any of the inmates.Based on the novel by Ken Kesey and the play by Dale Wasserman.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh94%
Critics Consensus: The onscreen battle between Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher serves as a personal microcosm of the culture wars of the 1970s -- and testament to the director's vision that the film retains its power more than three decades later.
Time Out
Tom Huddleston

Unlike its frontman, this multi-Oscar-winning drama hasn't aged particularly well.

June 25, 2017
New York Daily News
Kathleen Carroll

Nicholson explodes on the screen in a performance so flawless in timing and character perception t...

June 25, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Chris Nashawaty

There's a lot here. But with a classic like Cuckoo's Nest, too much is never enough.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Classic and brilliant, but violence makes it teens only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adult drama laced with humor deals with life-and-death issues and is set in a hospital psychiatric ward. Intense situations alternate with comic moments, and underlying all are the weighty topics of tyranny, sacrifice, and the fragility of the human mind. There are scenes of sustained cruelty, forcible restraint of mental patients, fighting, and two deaths (including a suicide). Language is strong throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "jerk off," and a multitude of other expressions, including slurs such as "queer," "dumb Indian" and more. Characters smoke constantly, drink, and get drunk in one out-of-control party sequence.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:November 19, 1975
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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