This masterfully crafted psychological thriller follows the fluctuating fortunes in the life of McMurphy, a man with several assault convictions to his name, who just happens to finds himself in jail once again. This time, the charge is statutory rape, as it turns out that his girlfriend had lied about being eighteen, and was, in fact, fifteen (or, as McMurphy puts it, "fifteen going on thirty-five").
Rather than spend his time in jail, he convinces the guards that he's crazy enough to need psychiatric care and is sent to a hospital. He fits in frighteningly well, and his different point of view actually begins to cause some of the patients to progress.
Nurse Ratched becomes his personal nemesis, as his resistance to the hospital routine gets on her nerves, while her utter domination over the inmates, whom she routinely bullies into submission, is absolutely unacceptable to McMurphy's rebellious personality. How will the ego battle between McMurphy and Nurse Ratched unravel? What will the effect of McMurphy's friendship with them and resistance against the administrative tyranny be upon the inmates? Will McMurphy succeed in completing his term of imprisonment and breathe free air once more?
Did you know?
Dean R. Brooks was a psychiatrist and director of the Oregon state hospital where the film was made. During filming, Brooks correctly diagnosed William Redfield with the leukemia that would kill him 18 months later. Read More