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Quotes from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    • McMurphy: Which one of you nuts has got any guts?
    • McMurphy: That's right, Mr. Martini. There is an Easter Bunny.
    • Chief Bromden: My pop was real big. He did like he pleased. That's why everybody worked on him. The last time I seen my father, he was blind and diseased from drinking. And every time he put the bottle to his mouth, he didn't suck out of it, it sucked out of him until he shrunk so wrinkled and yellow even the dogs didn't know him.
    • McMurphy: Killed him, huh?
    • Chief Bromden: I'm not saying they killed him. They just worked on him. The way they're working on you.
    • McMurphy: I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
    • McMurphy: I'm a goddamn marvel of modern science.
    • 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.
    • McMurphy: A little dab'll do ya.
    • McMurphy: What are you doin' here? You oughta be out in a convertible bird-doggin' chicks and bangin' beaver.
    • [about shock treatments]
    • 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!
    • McMurphy: She was fifteen years old, going on thirty-five, Doc, and she told me she was eighteen, she was very willing, I practically had to take to sewing my pants shut. Between you and me, uh, she might have been fifteen, but when you get that little red beaver right up there in front of you, I don't think it's crazy at all and I don't think you do either. No man alive could resist that, and that's why I got into jail to begin with. And now they're telling me I'm crazy over here because I don't sit there like a goddamn vegetable. Don't make a bit of sense to me. If that's what being crazy is, then I'm senseless, out of it, gone-down-the-road, wacko. But no more, no less, that's it.
    • [innocently]
    • Candy: You all crazy?
    • 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.
    • McMurphy: Why don't ya shut your goddamn mouth and play some music.
    • [McMurphy, getting Chief into the basketball game]
    • McMurphy: Hit me, Chief, I got the moves!
    • 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 turns around to see Harding smiling at him]
    • McMurphy: Heh, YOU'D like it, wouldn't you?
    • [to Nurse Ratched, regarding the pills]
    • McMurphy: Here, give it to me.
    • Chief Bromden: Mmmmmm, Juicy Fruit.
    • McMurphy: Get out of my way son, you're usin' my oxygen.
    • McMurphy: You're not an idiot. Huh! You're not a goddamn looney now, boy. You're a fisherman!
    • 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!
    • [telling McMurphy about Chief]
    • Billy: He-he-he can't hear you. He's a d-d-deaf and d-d-dumb Indian.
    • [pointing to naked woman on playing card]
    • McMurphy: Where do you suppose she lives?
    • [last lines]
    • Chief Bromden: Mac... they said you escaped. I knew you wouldn't leave without me. I was waiting for you. Now we can make it, Mac; I feel big as a damn mountain.
    • [he suddenly sees the lobotomy scars]
    • Chief Bromden: Oh, no...
    • [embracing McMurphy]
    • Chief Bromden: I'm not goin' without you, Mac. I wouldn't leave you this way... You're coming with me.
    • [laying him down]
    • Chief Bromden: Let's go.
    • McMurphy: But I tried, didn't I? Goddamnit, at least I did that.
    • McMurphy: Who's the head bull-goose loony around here?
    • Nurse Ratched: Your hand is staining my window.
    • McMurphy: Jesus Christ! D'you nuts wanna play cards or do ya wanna fuckin' jerk off?
    • Young Psychiatrist: Have you ever heard of the old saying "a rolling stone gathers no moss?"
    • McMurphy: Yeah.
    • Young Psychiatrist: Does that mean something to you?
    • McMurphy: Uh... tt's the same as "don't wash your dirty underwear in public."
    • Young Psychiatrist: I'm not sure I understand what you mean.
    • [smiling]
    • McMurphy: I'm smarter than him, ain't I?
    • [laughs]
    • McMurphy: Well, that sort of has always meant, is, uh, it's hard for something to grow on something that's moving.
    • Psychiatrist: Dr. Sanji?
    • Dr. Sanji: I don't think he's overly psychotic, but, I still think he's quite sick.
    • Psychiatrist: You think he's dangerous?
    • Dr. Sanji: Absolutely so.
    • Harding: I'm not just talking about my wife, I'm talking about my LIFE, I can't seem to get that through to you. I'm not just talking about one person, I'm talking about everybody. I'm talking about form. I'm talking about content. I'm talking about interrelationships. I'm talking about God, the devil, Hell, Heaven. Do you understand... FINALLY?
    • McMurphy: When we get to Canada...
    • McMurphy: I can't take it no more. I gotta get outta here.
    • Chief Bromden: I can't. I just can't.
    • McMurphy: It's easier than you think, Chief.
    • Chief Bromden: For you, maybe. You're a lot bigger than me.
    • [first lines]
    • Attendant Washington: Morning, Bancini.
    • Bancini: Morning.
    • Attendant Washington: How do you feel?
    • Bancini: Rested.
    • Nurse Pilbow: Medication time. Medication time.
    • Attendant Warren: Good morning, Miss Ratched.
    • Nurse Ratched: Good morning.
    • Attendant Washington: Good morning, Miss Ratched.
    • Nurse Ratched: Mr. Washington.
    • Miller: Morning.
    • Nurse Ratched: Good morning.
    • Nurse Pilbow: Good morning, Miss Ratched.
    • Nurse Ratched: Good morning.
    • McMurphy: Goddamn it Chief, you're about as big as a damn mountain!
    • Nurse Ratched: The best thing we can do is go on with our daily routine.
    • [to other patients regarding naked playing cards]
    • McMurphy: "No, no, I'll show you some card tricks. You ain't seen the Spanish deck yet. That's 20 percent more torture!"
    • McMurphy: Lookit the faces on ya! Lookit ya!
    • [laughing]
    • McMurphy: The thieves brigade, ya ding a lings. The mental defective league, in formation.
    • [laughing]
    • McMurphy: How are ya, Nurse Ratched? I'm happy to be back.
    • McMurphy: All we need's one vote. Just one vote. Just your one vote!
    • McMurphy: Just raise your hand up and your buddies can watch the baseball game.
    • [looking in the bait bucket on the fishing boat]
    • Martini: Little fishes.
    • McMurphy: That's right, Martini, and what are we gonna do with these little fishes?
    • [grins]
    • Martini: Catch big fishes.
    • Attendant Washington: Hey, McMurphy, what the hell you doin', man? He's a deaf, dumb Indian. He can't hear a fuckin' thing.
    • McMurphy: I ain't talkin' to him, I'm talkin' to myself. You know what I mean?
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