Theatrical Release: November 20, 1975.
Filmed on location at the Oregon State Mental Hospital in Salem, Oregon.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST is number 20 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
On November 3, 1963, the stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel was brought to Broadway, starring Kirk Douglas as McMurphy. (Gene Wilder also appeared in the show.)
The film marked the debut of actor Brad Dourif.
Estimated budget: $4.4 million.
The production was aided by the labor of inmates of the institution where they were filming.
Danny De Vito and Christopher Lloyd, who played two of the patients, later worked closely together on the television show TAXI, which also featured guest appearances by Vincent Schiavelli, another inmate in CUCKOO'S NEST. All three actors also appeared in Forman's MAN ON THE MOON.
Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, and Burt Reynolds were all considered for the role that ultimately went to Jack Nicholson. Kirk Douglas, producer Michael Douglas's father, had played McMurphy onstage and was interested in the part for the film; Douglas told Newsday in January 2001, "I think my dad was disappointed that I hadn't given him the role."
Anne Bancroft, Colleen Dewhurst, Ellen Burstyn, Angela Lansbury, and Geraldine Page were all offered the role that ultimately went to Louise Fletcher.
The film played in theaters in Sweden for 11 consecutive years.
Academy Awards Best Picture 1975
Academy Awards Best Actress 1975 Louise Fletcher American Actress
Academy Awards Best Actor 1975 Jack Nicholson American actor, producer, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Academy Awards Best Director 1975 Milos Forman Czech director
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1975 Sheldon Kahn Editor, MY SUPER EX-GIRLFRIEND (2006)
Academy Awards Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material 1975 Bo Goldman Oscar-winning actor, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Academy Awards Best Screenplay Adapted from Other Material 1975 Lawrence Hauben SCREENWRITER