Monday, November 19, 2012

November 19: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

On this date in History ... 1975:

The movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is first shown in theaters in New York. It was made with an estimated budget of $4.4 million and grossed $112 million. 
Many of the extras in the movie were actual mental patients.

It went on to become the first film in four decades to win in all five of the major Academy Award categories: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Adapted) and Best Picture.  Winning in all of these categories is known as “The Grand Slam” and has been done by only two other movies: “It Happened One Night” in 1934 and “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991. 

“Cuckoo’s Nest” was Jack Nicholson’s first Oscar win, despite four previous nominations. The role was originally offered to James Caan and then to Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman.

Video clip of "The Juicy Fruit" scene

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