As the iconic actor approaches his 80th birthday, Vintage Sundays – our weekly showcase of classic films – dedicates a season to the three time Academy Award winner with the slow drawl and the shark’s grin, Jack Nicholson.
We screen six treasures from Nicholson’s astounding body of work, including a re-release of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Explore the season by selecting a title below, or scroll to the bottom of the page and select your local Picturehouse Cinema.
Sunday 16 April
Possibly the most effectively hyped film in the history of the medium, but also a sombre, gothic and intelligent slice of synthetic mythology, superbly designed (by Anton Furst) and instilled with sufficient moral and thematic ambiguities to make the Caped Crusader as sinister as the evil he confronts. Michael Keaton’s subtle, understated performance in the title role sets an effective contrast to Jack Nicholson’s Joker, an extended variety-turn, malevolent and hilarious by turns.
The Last Detail (18)
Jack Nicholson is the ingenious, heroic free spirit R.P. ‘Mac’ McMurphy, who leads an uprising in the men’s ward of a mental hospital, run by heartless Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). Adapted from Ken Kesey’s best-selling 1962 novel and produced by Saul Zaentz (Amadeus, The English Patient) and Michael Douglas (his first producer role), the brilliant supporting cast includes Danny DeVito – in his first major role – as Martini, Brad Dourif (Billy Bibbit), Christopher Lloyd (Taber) and Will Sampson as Chief Bromden.
Sunday 7 May
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston. USA 1974. 125 mins.
Los Angeles, 1937. Private detective Jake Gittes discovers murder, corruption and enigma when he is lured into an apparently simple investigation of adultery and estrangement. Rooted in a palpable evocation of time and place and in a mordant sense of the dark underside of American history, CHINATOWN became the classic detective film of the 1970s.
Sunday 14 May
Easy Rider (18)
Sunday 21 May
The Shining (15)
Director: Stanley Kubrick.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd. UK/USA 1980. 144 mins.
Kubrick’s superb essay on fluorescent-lit horror, with its combination of bleak comedy, creepy atmosphere and sumptuously horrible visuals, was an instant classic.