Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse.
Director: Milos Forman
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman
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1963. With a few months left in his sentence, thirty-eight year old convict Randall Patrick McMurphy – “Mac” – serving time for several assaults and statutory rape, has just been transferred from a labor camp associated with Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton to a psychiatric hospital. Mac has been able to use acting “crazy” – having a belligerent and smart-alecky attitude and anti-authoritarian behavior – to his benefit in not having to do any work. He is at the hospital as the authorities at Pendleton want him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to prove he is not crazy, they believing his is all an act to get out of work. He believes this stint will get him out of any more work while he serves out the remainder of his sentence. He is placed in a ward with a group of men who have differing degrees of lucidity and control of their mental faculties. He continues to behave in the same manner as always to get what he wants, using the other patients either as accessories or things for his own amusement. He adds to his list of goals to do anything to annoy the ward’s tyrannical head nurse, Miss Mildred Ratched, whose seeming want is to break the spirit of any of the men in her care. In his battle with Nurse Ratched, Mac eventually tries to help the men get a voice of their own while in the hospital, and for some for their eventual return to the outside world.