Penn Bioethics Film Festival: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Milos Forman, USA, 1975, 133 mins.

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The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine will host the fourth annual Penn Bioethics Film Festival: Hospitals, March 26-28.

The screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest will begin at 6 pm, and will be preceded by a reception at 5:30pm. In addition to the screening there will be a panel discussion of the film with Penn faculty Dominic Sisti, Meta Mazaj, and Scattergood Foundation President Joe Pyle. 

This year's other films are M*A*S*H on March 26, and The Hospital on March 27.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

When Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward's patients.