Randle McMurphy turns a mental hospital upside down in his mission to one-up Nurse Ratched. Insanity touches everyone. How well do you remember "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"? Take the quiz and find out!
McMurphy holds his hand up and says, "How" to Chief. Billy informs him that Chief is deaf and dumb.
He was sent from a work farm to be evaluated. They feel he is faking insanity to get out of doing work.
A relaxing melody is played. Kind of like Pavlov's dogs; it's part of their routine.
Chief has a very imposing physique. It comes in handy for the basketball games.
Billy stutters when he is under duress. Nurse Ratched makes him very nervous, but McMurphy seems to calm him.
The men like to play cards. McMurphy teaches them how to gamble.
There is an ongoing power struggle between McMurphy and Ratched. McMurphy does all he can to turn the patients against her.
He says watching the ball game might be good therapy for everyone. They need 10 votes.
Chief is non-responsive, but raises his hand well after the initial vote. Nurse Ratched says it is too late to count, which infuriates McMurphy.
The doctors decide to keep him for further observation. McMurphy believes he can outwit the doctors and the nurses.
McMurphy knows Ratched is on a power trip and has little compassion for the patients.
Actress Louise Fletcher, who played Ratched, came up with the name "Mildred." According to Fletcher, it took four or five meetings to get the part.
McMurphy climbs on Chief's shoulders to reach the top of the fence.
Candy seems cozy with McMurphy but is compassionate toward the patients. Billy is infatuated with her.
Cheswick abandons his post when he sees everyone is gone. They are all trying to watch McMurphy down below with Candy.
Ratched wants to get the better of him by imposing her control over him. She can only put him in his place if he remains there.
Billy, Cheswick, and Scanlon are also there voluntarily. This news surprises McMurphy.
Cheswick demands his cigarettes. Ratched took them to deter the gambling when playing cards.
When Nurse Ratched puts the breaks on watching the game, McMurphy does a play-by-play, complete with the patients cheering and jumping up and down in excitement.
Cheswick's outburst over cigarettes prompted McMurphy to bust the glass of the nurse's station to get the cigarettes. When McMurphy is restrained, Chief jumps in to help.
McMurphy offers him a stick of gum while awaiting shock therapy. Chief follows up with, "Ahh, Juicy Fruit."
McMurphy asks Chief, "What are we doin' in here?" He tells him, "Let's get out of here."
The nurse prepares his head for the device to conduct the electricity. McMurphy seems unclear on what is about to happen to him.
Chief tells McMurphy about his drunk father. He observes the institute taming McMurphy.
Most of the staff is off for Christmas. Only a guard, Turkle, is left on duty.
Turkle is willing to let McMurphy do a little bit of partying if he's let in on it too. A woman named Rose is of interest to him.
McMurphy mimics the nurses and calls out, "Wake up, boys. It's medication time!"
Billy has a crush on Candy. She seems to have some sympathy for him.
Billy says he will miss McMurphy very much. He wants a date with Candy, which McMurphy sets up before they leave.
The patients fall asleep, and the next morning are found passed out everywhere. Billy is still in a room with Candy when Nurse Ratched arrives.
She makes him feel guilty about Candy and threatens to tell his mother. He fatally cuts himself.
No one has seen McMurphy for a period of time after the choking incident.
The story was filmed at the Oregon State Mental Hospital. Staff from the hospital were actually used in the film.
Chief finds a despondent McMurphy and realizes the system beat him. He restores McMurphy's dignity by suffocating him with a pillow.
This was a plan McMurphy first had but was not strong enough to pull it off. The final scene is Chief running away.