Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Each month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon, in order to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, both audience and speaker have the opportunity to engage over drinks and snacks in the Vancity lounge. This month’s film is Milos Forman’s 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Jack Nicholson plays McMurphy as if he were born to it, and the supporting cast provides fine, detailed performances.” — Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Considered one of the greatest American films, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest swept the top five major Academy Awards of 1975. Based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Ken Kesey and set in a mental institution, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest deals with a very 1970’s issue: individual versus establishment.

In two towering performances, the battle of the wills is fought by minor criminal Murphy (Jack Nicholson) and domineering Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), the cold and efficient matron of McMurphy’s ward. It’s a world of hammer and tongs, including those quintessential Nicholson grins.


Actress and singer Colleen Rennison is a Vancouver native who began her acting career at five years of age and has appeared on many television shows and feature films including The Story of Us, The Outer Limits, and Down River.

In 2008, she relocated to New York to attend Circle in the Square Theatre School, leaving after one year to pursue a music career. Since returning to Vancouver, Colleen has released a critically acclaimed debut EP, Boo Hoo Hoo, with her blues-rock band No Sinner and solo album See the Sky About to Rain.

Vancity Cinema Salon & Colleen Rennison Present One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 pm
Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $13.00; may be purchased online

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