Content and Trigger Warning Guide: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Note: This guide may contain spoilers.
Synopsis: A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (Source: IMDb)
MPAA Rating: R
Estimated Self-Censored Rating Using Full Guide: PG-13, or R based on the language still in the film.
Watch On: Amazon, HBO Max
- Nudity/Sexual Content (5)
- McMurphy shows another patient a playing card with a picture of a woman’s naked butt. This is shown very briefly from 0:07:47 to 0:07:52.
- McMurphy holds up a playing card with a picture of a woman’s naked butt from 0:51:20 to 0:51:23.
- A side view of a naked woman is briefly shown from 1:03:22 to 1:03:25.
- Billy is shown lying in bed with a woman, both are naked, but covered. This is shown from 1:55:08 to 1:55:13. However, he then runs out of the room, and his naked butt is shown from 1:55:22 to 1:55:28.
- McMurphy makes crude sexual references throughout the film.
- Blood (3)
- McMurphy punches a glass window at 1:18:18. Blood can be seen on his hand and wrist following.
- A nurse is shown with blood on her face, arms, and dress from 2:00:23 to 2:00:28.
- The bloody aftermath of Billy’s suicide in which he has slit his own throat with a shard of glass is shown from 2:00:50 to 2:01:10.
- Domestic/Child Abuse (1)
- Sex with a minor is discussed from 0:11:35 to 0:12:18.
- Drug/Alcohol Abuse (1)
- Adult characters are shown smoking throughout most of the film.
- Self-Harm/Suicide (2)
- It is mentioned that Billy has tried to commit suicide. This line is heard from 0:41:15 to 0:41:20.
- The aftermath of Billy’s suicide from 2:00:50 to 2:01:10.
- Slurs (3)
- McMurphy makes some Indian jokes that may be offensive from 0:06:35 to 0:06:50.
- McMurphy refers to Nurse Ratched as a cunt. This line is heard from 0:49:28 to 0:49:30.
- McMurphy uses terms regarding the patients that may be offensive throughout the film.
- Intense/Frightening Scenes (3)
- McMurphy is given electroshock therapy from 1:26:15 to 1:26:50.
- McMurphy violently chokes Nurse Ratched from 2:01:22 to 2:01:50.
- Chief suffocates McMurphy with a pillow from 2:07:45 to 2:08:50.
This guide was completed by John Morgan, a film student at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.