Click the character infographic to download. McMurphy is larger than life, a man destined to change the asylum forever. Regardless, he sure is smart and he sure is likable and he sure does give the patients the ability to seize back the power that Nurse Ratched has stolen from them with her petty little rules and her many small cruelties. Though McMurphy has the opportunity to conform to the rules and save himself, he ultimately chooses to fight for the men on the ward.
Production[ edit ] Actor Kirk Douglas —who had originated the role of McMurphy in the —64 Broadway stage version of the Ken Kesey novel—had purchased the film rights to the story, and tried for a decade to bring it to the big screen, but was unable to find a studio willing to make it with him.
Eventually, he gave the rights to his son Michael Douglaswho succeeded in getting the film produced—but the elder Douglas, by then nearly 60, was considered too old for the McMurphy role, which ultimately went to year-old Jack Nicholson.
Douglas brought in Saul Zaentz as co-producer. Forman flew to California and went through the script page by page and outlined what he would do, in contrast with other directors who had been approached who were less than forthcoming. Forman wrote in The Communist Party was my Nurse Ratched, telling me what I could and could not do; what I was or was not allowed to say; where I was and was not allowed to go; even who I was and was not.
Production was delayed for about six months because of Nicholson's schedule. Douglas later stated in an interview that this had been a blessing, as it allowed time "to get the ensemble right.
Chief Bromden, played by Will Sampson, was found through the referral of a used car dealer Douglas met on an airplane flight when Douglas told him they wanted a big guy for the character. The dealer sold a lot of cars to Native Americans and six months later called Douglas to say: While screening Thieves Like Us to see if she was right for the role, he became interested in Louise Fletcherwho had a supporting role, for the role of Nurse Ratched.
A mutual acquaintance, the casting director Fred Rooshad already mentioned her name as a possibility. Even so it took four or five meetings, over a year, during which the role was offered to other actresses such as Angela LansburyAnne Bancroftand Geraldine Page for Fletcher to secure the role of Nurse Ratched.
Her final audition was late inwith Forman, Zaentz and Douglas. The day after Christmas, her agent called to say she was expected at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem on January 4 to begin rehearsals.
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Brooks identified a patient for each of the actors to shadow, and some of the cast even slept on the wards at night. He also wanted to incorporate his patients into the crew, to which the producers agreed. Douglas recalls that it was not until later that he found out that many of them were criminally insane.
Douglas convinced Forman to show Nicholson something, which he did, and restored the actor's confidence. Wexler believed his dismissal was due to his concurrent work on the documentary Undergroundin which the radical terrorist group The Weather Underground were being interviewed while hiding from the law.Everything you ever wanted to know about Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, written by masters of this stuff just for you.
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