Producer Michael Douglas fell out with his father Kirk Douglas because of the fact that Kirk wanted to play the role of Randle Patrick McMurphy and had actually done so at the theatre. When Production of this film eventually came to be, Michael felt that his father was too old and so cast Jack Nicholson for the part who incidentally won an Oscar, something Kirk Douglas had never done. The film also won for best motion picture of 1975, which gifted producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz the Awards. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest also co-stars a then unknown Danny DeVito who went on to do television series Taxi and become a Hollywood regular and has now established himself as a top class actor who’s very well known for his comedic talents.
Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is transferred from prison to the mental institute so that his behaviour can be monitored to determine whether he is mentally ill or not. When inside McMurphy is an instant thorn in the institutes side, he is disobedient and causes a rebellion against Nurse Ratched who he believes is more of a dictator than a nurse. While inside he makes some great friends and discovers a lot about the people inside, using kindness and acceptance the patients are capable of opening up more than to rules and strict regulations.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a great film with an extremely sad ending that perhaps makes it even better. Jack Nicholson is absolutely superb as McMurphy and deserved that Oscar, he really brought everything to the role and clearly is a very talented actor. The cinematography is excellent as was the direction by Milos Forman. I love this film and would consider it a landmark in cinematic history for the sheer brilliance of Nicholson alone.