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'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
To Screen at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 21-24

 MAILED:  Oct. 12, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Milos Forman's classic film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," will be presented Oct. 21-24 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The film will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

The film swept all the major awards at the 1975 Academy Awards ceremony, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor and Actress. It was the first film to achieve that feat in over 40 years and was nominated for a total of nine awards.

Jack Nicholson found his archetypal role in the drama about a rebellious inmate in a psychiatric hospital who brings a contagious sense of disorder to the mind-numbing world presided over by the authoritarian Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

"'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' is one of the greatest American films of all time," wrote Tim Dirks. "Its allegorical theme is set in the world of an authentic mental hospital (Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon), a place of rebellion exhibited by a energetic, flamboyant, wise-guy anti-hero against the Establishment, institutional authority and status-quo attitudes."

Film critic Pauline Kael called the film a "smashingly effective version of Ken Kesey's novel about a rebel outcast who is locked in a hospital for the insane... Set in 1963, the movie retains most of Kesey's ideas but doesn't diagram them the way the book does. Louise Fletcher gives a masterly performance as Nurse Ratched — she's the company woman incarnate. And Will Sampson, a towering full-blooded Creek, is very impressive as Chief Broom... The story and the acting make the film emotionally powerful. And Nicholson, looking punchy, tired and baffled — and not on top of his character (as he often is) — lets you see into him, rather than controlling what he lets you see."

The 133-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby, (715) 836-3727. The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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Updated: October 12, 2004