One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) quotes

Director
Milos Forman.

Cast
Jack Nicholson.
Louise Fletcher.
Michael Berryman.
Danny DeVito.

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Oh shit, the supervisor!
– Orderly Turkle

I’m a goddamn marvel of modern science.
– McMurphy

Is that crazy enough for ya’? Want me to take a shit on the floor?
– McMurphy

Rules? PISS ON YOUR FUCKING RULES!
– Cheswick

They was giving me ten thousand watts a day, you know, and I’m hot to trot! The next woman takes me on’s gonna light up like a pinball machine and pay off in silver dollars!
– McMurphy

But I tried, didn’t I? Goddamnit, at least I did that.
– McMurphy

My pop was real big. He did like he pleased. That’s why everybody worked on him. The last time I seen my father, he was blind and diseased from drinking. And every time he put the bottle to his mouth, he didn’t suck out of it, it sucked out of him until he shrunk so wrinkled and yellow even the dogs didn’t know him.
– Chief Bromden
Killed him, huh?
– McMurphy
I’m not saying they killed him. They just worked on him. The way they’re working on you.
– Chief Bromden

Which one of you nuts has got any guts?
– McMurphy

You all crazy?
– Candy

Your hand is staining my window.
– Nurse Ratched

Jesus, I mean, you guys do nothing but complain about how you can’t stand it in this place here and you don’t have the guts just to walk out? What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin’? Well you’re not! You’re not! You’re no crazier than the average asshole out walkin’ around on the streets and that’s it.
– McMurphy

Hit me, Chief, I got the moves!
– McMurphy

Well, the real reason that you’ve been sent over here is because they wanted you to be evaluated… to determine whether or not you are mentally ill. This is the real reason. Why do you think they might think that?
– Dr. Spivey
Well, as near as I can figure out, it’s ’cause I, uh, fight and fuck too much.
– McMurphy

I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
– McMurphy

She was fifteen years old, going on thirty-five, Doc, and she told me she was eighteen, she was very willing, I practically had to take to sewing my pants shut. Between you and me, uh, she might have been fifteen, but when you get that little red beaver right up there in front of you, I don’t think it’s crazy at all and I don’t think you do either. No man alive could resist that, and that’s why I got into jail to begin with. And now they’re telling me I’m crazy over here because I don’t sit there like a goddamn vegetable. Don’t make a bit of sense to me. If that’s what being crazy is, then I’m senseless, out of it, gone-down-the-road, wacko. But no more, no less, that’s it.
– McMurphy

Mmmmmm, Juicy Fruit.
– Chief Bromden

Mr. Turkle?
– Night Nurse
Where the fuck is he, why doesn’t he answer her?
– McMurphy
He’s jerkin’ off somewhere.
– Taber
Ain’t no one jerkin’ off nowhere muthafucker!
– Orderly Turkle
Turkle what the fuck are you doing in here? Go out and talk to her.
– McMurphy
I’m doin’ the same fuckin’ thing your doin’- hidin’!
– Orderly Turkle

Get out of my way son, you’re usin’ my oxygen.
– McMurphy

Someone get me a fucking wiener before I die.
– McMurphy

I’m not just talking about my wife, I’m talking about my LIFE, I can’t seem to get that through to you. I’m not just talking about one person, I’m talking about everybody. I’m talking about form. I’m talking about content. I’m talking about interrelationships. I’m talking about God, the devil, Hell, Heaven. Do you understand… FINALLY?
– Harding

The best thing we can do is go on with our daily routine.
– Nurse Ratched