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Nicholson plays R.P. MacMurphy, a jailbird sent to a mental hospital for evaluation. (Apparently no one can decide if he's really loony, or if he just wants to get out of doing his work.) MacMurphy may or may not be crazed, but the other loony bin inhabitants are definitely disturbed, no doubt about it.
MacMurphy just can't help stirring things up a little. He plays poker with a very pathetic lot of nutcases (and wins), he makes passes at the nurses, and, oh yeah, he takes his "disturbed" friends on occasional outings. When they steal a boat and go fishing, MacMurphy explains to the guy at the dock that they're all from the mental hospital - then introduces them all as doctors!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is quite humorous, but there's a serious side to this movie as well, and a sad ending. Nicholson has such a flair for playing off-the-wall characters, and he's perfect as MacMurphy. I can see why he won an Oscar for this role.