|A convicted criminal fakes insanity so that he will be given a lenient sentence in a mental institution in order to escape a jail term. His exciteable and erratic behaviour wins over the fellow patients as he leads a rebellion against the system and its head nurse, but it comes at a price.|
Seldom does a film as perfect as this come along; it's simply brilliant. The IMDb list it as one of the Top Ten movies ever made - and who would argue with that?
Kirk Douglas owned the rights to the play for many years and tried desperately to get the movie made, but by the time this happened he was too old to take it on, and so passed it on to his son Michael - who co-produced and won the Oscar for it.
It was only the second movie in the history of the Academy Awards to win the coveted 'top five' Oscars: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. ~ The Lord
Story of a loose cannon who arrives at the local psychiatric hospital and the battle of wills involving the head nurse. Wonderfully observed version of Ken Kesey's novel. By turns, funny, sad and ultimately liberating. ~ The Sloth