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Five Easy Pieces (1970)

R  |   |  Drama  |  12 September 1970 (USA)
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A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.

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Elton (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
Fannie Flagg ...
Stoney
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Betty (as Sally Ann Struthers)
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Twinky (as Marlena Macguire)
Richard Stahl ...
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Partita Dupea
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Carl Fidelio Dupea
William Challee ...
Nicholas Dupea
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Spicer (as John Ryan)
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Storyline

Robert Dupea has given up his promising career as a concert pianist and is now working in oil fields. He lives together with Rayette, who's a waitress in a diner. When Robert hears from his sister that his father isn't well, he drives up to Washington to see him, taking Rayette with him. There he gets confronted with his rich, cultured family that he had left behind. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere.

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Release Date:

12 September 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi vida es mi vida  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 787,060 (Sweden)
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In Carole Eastman's original script, Catherine Van Oost was supposed to be an older woman. But director Bob Rafelson transformed her into a young beauty who is Carl's protégé. See more »

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While parked on the freeway, Elton's shirt sleeves switch between rolled up and unrolled. See more »

Quotes

Palm Apodaca: I had to leave this place because I got depressed seeing all the crap. And the thing is, they're making more crap, you know? They got so many stores and stuff and junk full of crap I can't believe it.
Bobby: Who?
Palm Apodaca: Who? Man, that's who. Pretty soon there won't be any room for man. They're selling more crap that people go and buy than you can imagine. Crap.
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Don't Touch Me
Written by Hank Cochran (as H. Cochran)
Performed by Tammy Wynette
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After years doing Roger Corman quickies, Jack Nicholson emerged as a fully-formed mature actor in this great movie. I re-watched this film last week, and I still love it. Based partly on the life of eccentric Canadian concert pianist Glenn Gould, this is a wonderful character study of Bobby Dupea (Nicholson) who seems to have everything: musical talent, education, supportive family - but who, as the by-line says "is never satisfied". He tosses it in to work on oil rigs. His father's illness forces him to return to the family home on Puget Sound, bringing his girlfriend Rayette (beautifully played by Karen Black). What emerges is a clash of class and culture with Nicholson stuck between, enraged at both his background and Rayette. What is so wonderful is that information & character emerge thru small moments. (One of my favourites is Nicholson's piano-playing during the traffic jam). Nicholson shows the many sides of this talented drifter; a man who can be both charming and appallingly selfish. The cast is uniformly excellent, and the music of Tammy Wynette adds ironic commentary to the unfolding events.A classic film.


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