ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
1975, Saul Zaentz Company, 133 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

This acclaimed adaptation of Ken Kesey´s 1962 best-selling novel stars Jack Nicholson as R.P. McMurphy, a free-spirited rogue who tries to use his chutzpah and ingenuity to take over the ward of a mental hospital, only to come up against the inflexible Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). With its madhouse setting symbolizing the battle of one individual against the system, this powerful film features an unforgettable ensemble of characters (including Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd and Brad Dourif in early performances) and became the first film since IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT to sweep the top five Academy Award categories.


FIRESTARTER
1984, Park Circus, 114 min, USA, Dir: Mark L. Lester

After rocketing to fame in E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, pre-teen Drew Barrymore was tapped for the lead in this Stephen King adaptation. She plays Charlene “Charlie” McGee, a girl with pyrokinetic powers that government agency “The Shop” is eager to harness; her father (David Keith) also has psychic abilities, which he uses to protect his daughter from Shop agents. Sharing the screen with fiery special effects is a top-notch cast - including George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Louise Fletcher, Art Carney and Heather Locklear - and an electronic score by Tangerine Dream.


THE CHEAP DETECTIVE
2011, Sony Repertory (Columbia), 92 min, USA, Dir: Robert Moore

In this follow-up to MURDER BY DEATH, Peter Falk stars as Lou Peckinpaugh, a penny-pinching private eye trying to stay ahead of the police as he tracks down his partner’s killer and some missing diamonds in 1940s San Francisco. This loving parody of film noir - and Bogart movies in particular - rounds up all sorts of usual suspects, including Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Stockard Channing and Louise Fletcher, to play the assorted femmes fatale, fall-guys, cops and crooks peopling Neil Simon’s gag-filled screenplay.


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