When Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward's patients.
This is as close as you come to a nearly-perfect film - an incisive exploration of individual freedom and expression met by the forces of conformity and normalcy. Extraordinary casting, direction and filmmaking at its best. Winner of Five Oscars for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director AND Screenplay – and if you haven’t seen this in awhile, it’s worth the ride - - Scott Garen :)