Milos Forman’s 1975 film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, earned critical acclaim, box office success, and a shelf full of Academy Awards. But even if you just can’t get enough of a good old movie about life inside a 1960s psychiatric hospital, I bet there are more than just a few things you never knew about how and why it was made.
One of the best parts about the film is that it led even the most hardened of moviegoers from laughter to tears and back to laughter. But it wasn’t just the audience that was emotionally affected by the subject. In fact, one cast member’s sanity was questioned by the end of the shoot. It kind of makes sense when you learn that all of the actors who played psychiatric patients lived in an actual psychiatric ward during the filming of the movie.
Here is the story behind, and juicy behind-the-scenes facts of, your favorite insane asylum movie.