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One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest
April 7, 2012  | By David Bianculli

AMC, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
This movie was released in 1975, but is fully infused with the spirit of the Sixties. Ken Kesey wrote the original novel in 1962 – and though Kirk Douglas tried for years to get the movie made with himself in the central role, it finally was brought to the screen by his son, Michael, who acted as producer. He cast Jack Nicholson as the misplaced, rebellious mental patient, and the rest is cinema history. What a movie – and what a group of actors. Louise Fletcher and Braf Dourif built careers from this film, but watch, also, for future Taxi cast mates Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd.
 
 
 
 
 
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