Ken Kesey's grim satire of institutionalized authority, bracingly filmed by Milos Forman. This romp through a microcosmic lunatic ward with an energetic, wisecracking Nicholson turns unforgettably ugly at the end.
Doing time on a prison farm, Nicholson gets out of work detail and escapes the rigors of prison life by pretending to be crazy. Shipped to a mental asylum, he becomes the prisoner of a much more hateful system, presided over by a quietly sadistic head nurse, Fletcher. To his amazement Nicholson
finds his fellow inmates are "no crazier than any other SOB on the street." To bring life to the dead atmosphere, Nicholson introduces card games (with pornogr...