Di­rected by Mi­los For­man. Star­ring Jack Ni­chol­son, Louise Fletcher, Wil­liam Red­field, Christo­pher Lloyd, Wil­liam Duell, Wil­liam Red­field, Brad Dou­rif

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Ni­chol­son leads the re­volt in an un­avoid­ably al­le­gor­i­cal men­tal in­sti­tu­tion. This wel­come reis­sue of For­man’s Oscar win­ner con­firms its power and re­silience. The film can’t quite ditch its sus­pi­cion that all women are sluts or emas­cu­lat­ing “ball-cut­ters” or that Nurse Ratched is their scary queen. The sex­ual pol­i­tics have dated, but con­versely Cuckoo’s over­lap with Michel Fou­cault’s ideas on the con­struc­tion and so­cio-po­lit­i­cal ap­pro­pri­a­tion of mad­ness re­mains po­tent and ur­gent. And it’s funny. Club, lim­ited re­lease, 144 min

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