One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

1975 R 2h 9m Blu-ray / DVD

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

1975 R 2h 9m Blu-ray / DVD
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While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, rabble-rouser Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse Ratched. Milos Forman's masterpiece won all five major Oscars.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral), English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital Mono, German: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this adult drama laced with humor deals with life-and-death issues and is set in a hospital psychiatric ward. Intense situations alternate with comic moments, and underlying all are the weighty topics of tyranny, sacrifice, and the fragility of the human mind. There are scenes of sustained cruelty, forcible restraint of mental patients, fighting, and two deaths (including a suicide). Language is strong throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "jerk off," and a multitude of other expressions, including slurs such as "queer," "dumb Indian" and more. Characters smoke constantly, drink, and get drunk in one out-of-control party sequence.

Sexual Content

No overt sexual activity, however, there is brief partial nudity. There are several sly sexual jokes, as well numerous humorous references to masturbation. One patient discusses his sexual problems. On two occasions female "party girls" join the patients and ultimately disappear behind closed doors.

Violence

Patients intermittently get upset, lose control, and have to be forcibly restrained by staff, sometimes very roughly. There are some violent outbursts, an occasional fight, including one in which a patient attempts to strangle his adversary. A sadistic nurse causes great harm to several of the patients. (Spoiler alert) There are two deaths in the film: one is a bloody victim of suicide, the other dies at the hands of a patient.

Language

Frequent swearing and obscenities including multiple uses of "Goddamn," "son-of-a-bitch," "hell," "s--t", "c--t," "crap," bulls--t," "a--hole," many forms of forms of "f--k" and more. There are several ethnic and homophobic slurs, usually delivered with a sense of humor, such as: ""Mormon a--hole," "dumb Indian," and "queer."

Social Behavior

The hospital psychiatric ward can be seen as a metaphor for one individual's fight against a power-hungry, cruel oppressor. McMurphy shows the astounding difference one courageous person can make in many lives. He lifts the spirits of the weak, takes steps toward the toppling of a tyrant, and has a lasting effect on those who have been subjected to inhuman treatment.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Patients smuggle liquor into the ward and drink heavily during a wild and unorthodox party sequence. Characters smoke cigarettes continuously.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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