14 Apr 2017
BFI re-releases One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
On 22 April 2017, the incomparable Jack Nicholson will reach 80. In celebration of this milestone birthday, the BFI will bring the magnificent 1975 tragicomedy in which he starred, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, back to big screens across the UK on 14 April 2017.
The comic energy and tragic weight of Jack Nicholson’s unforgettable lead performance make this a classic of 70s cinema. Adapted from Ken Kesey’s novel, the film centres on Randle McMurphy (Nicholson), a convict who simulates mental illness in the hope that a transfer to a psychiatric hospital might ensure his early release. But he hasn’t bargained on the rigid regimen of Nurse Ratched (Fletcher, also superb), who dislikes his disruptive – though he’d say liberating – effect on the ward. Inspired casting (Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif and Christopher Lloyd are among the patients) and Forman’s naturalistic direction lend authenticity to the proceedings, so that the film succeeds both as an anti-authoritarian parable and as an affecting reminder of the psychiatric practices of the past.
Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large BFI
USA 1975, Dir Milos Forman
With Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson
134min, Digital, Certificate 15
A BFI release
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
14 Apr 2017
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event