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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Movie Quotes

Best One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest quotes, ranked by fans. This list of great movie quotes from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest collects all of the most famous lines from the film in one place, allowing you to pick the top quotes and move them up the list. Quotations from movies are repeated all the time in other movies, on television, in speeches and in day-to-day life, so having a good knowledge of good movie quotes (and having resources useful to search movie quotes) have become essential. This list includes all the best One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest lines and moments, just as they appeared in the actual movie script. Whether they are funny quotes, sad quotes, quotes about love or death, all the most famous One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest quotes are here.

Based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) stars Jack Nicholson as R.P. McMurphy, a criminal sent to a mental hospital for evaluation. Run by cold, manipulative Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), the ward is full of patients who are more afraid of her than they are focused on returning to the outside world. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was the second movie in history to win all 5 major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay). The only other films with these honors are It Happened One Night (1934) and Silence of the Lambs.

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    A hundred percent cooperation

    McMurphy: I'm here to cooperate with you a hundred percent. A hundred percent. I'll be just right down the line with ya'. You watch.

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    Aren't you ashamed?


    Nurse Ratched: Aren't you ashamed?
    Billy: No, I'm not.
    [Applause from friends]
    Nurse Ratched: You know Billy, what worries me is how your mother is going to take this.
    Billy: Um, um, well, y-y-y-you d-d-d-don't have to t-t-t-tell her, Miss Ratched.
    Nurse Ratched: I don't have to tell her? Your mother and I are old friends. You know that.
    Billy: P-p-p-please d-d-don't tell my m-m-m-mother.

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    Goddamn marvel

    McMurphy: I'm a goddamn marvel of modern science.

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    I'm hot to trot!

    McMurphy: 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!

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    I must be crazy

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

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    Got any nuts

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

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    Mr.McMurphy is upset

    Nurse Pilbow: Don't get upset, Mr. McMurphy.
    McMurphy: I'm not getting upset, Nurse Pilbow. I just don't want anyone to slip me salt peter!

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    Party, party,party

    McMurphy: We're just having a little party.
    Orderly Turkle: Party my ass, this ain't no nightclub!

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    Are you crazy or somethin'?


    McMurphy: 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.

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    It's a homerun

    McMurphy: Koufax looks down! He's looking at the great Mickey Mantle now! Here comes the pitch! Mantle swings! It's a f**king home run!

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    Breaking the meeting

    McMurphy: Well I don't wanna break up the meeting or nothin', but she's somethin' of a c**t, ain't she Doc?

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    What's the real reason

    Dr. Spivey: 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?
    McMurphy: Well, as near as I can figure out, it's 'cause I, uh, fight and f**k too much.

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    What rules?

    Cheswick: Rules? PISS ON YOUR F**KING RULES!

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    You're a fisherman

    McMurphy: You're not an idiot. Huh! You're not a goddamn looney now, boy. You're a fisherman!

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    The best thing

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

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    Time for medicine

    Nurse Ratched: If Mr. McMurphy doesn't want to take his medication orally, I'm sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way. But I don't think that he would like it.
    McMurphy: Heh, YOU'D like it, wouldn't you?
    McMurphy: Here, give it to me.

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