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Five Easy Pieces (1970)

 -  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)
Marlena MacGuire ...
Twinky (as Marlena Macguire)
Richard Stahl ...
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Partita Dupea
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Lorna Thayer ...
Waitress
Susan Anspach ...
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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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pianist | waitress | stroke | musician | diner | See more »

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He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere.

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12 September 1970 (USA)  »

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Five Easy Pieces  »

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 787,060 (Sweden)
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Susan Anspach was actually tested for the part of Rayette, but won the part of Catherine after Carol Lynley withdrew. See more »

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A full rack of ten pins appears after Rayette picks up the spare following her gutter ball. This is correct but since it is the last frame of the second game, she gets another ball, which is not taken. See more »

Quotes

Elton: [singing] Do you wanna buy a ticket to the raffle of a dog/ That comes a-runnin', lickin', when you whistle, holler "Claude"?/ A big brown dog, just as sound as a ring/ He'll be eight years old if he lives 'til the spring./ Tickets, tickets, two for a quarter!/ If you haven't got your ticket yet, well, you'd better order!/ He'll wet your carpet and he'll fertilize your grass/ He's got three white feet and a hole in his ass!
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Don't Touch Me
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Written by Hank Cochran
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A subtle, emotional, and beautiful character study of the 70s
19 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe a film this powerful and well acted could be put aside and forgotten about so easily. It's another powerful and unique film from the decade OF great films.

Five Easy Pieces is simple yet complex film just as unique as any films today. Robert Dupea is a confused ex Concert Pianest from a genius family who lives in a small town as an oil rigger, he spends his nights with his ditsy oblivious girlfriend Rayette(black) chugging beers and taking out his emotions on her.

When his over emotional sister informs him that his father is ill he must visit his old house and confront his old life. He takes the trip with his ditsy girlfriend and along the way picks up two hippies on the side of the road who constantly bicker about MANKIND which leads to the classic diner scene.

When he visits his old house it's a perfect example of how Robert blows things out proportion, his family are actually kind and easy going. Things become complex when Robert becomes involved in the piano teacher of his injured brother, she forces him to take out his emotions and confront his piano talents. But Rayette who was crashing at a hotel returns and gets in the middle.

The obvious conflict is now that Robert must choose beetween is older life as an oil rigger with his ditsy girlfriend, or return to playing piano and get together with Katherine.

5 easy pieces is a emotional, complex, subtle, and brilliant film. I t has some of the most memorable scenes in cinema and I believe it's Nicholsons best performance to date.

Despite the small fuss about this film on here and the low rating Five Easy Pieces remains one of the most emotional and unique film of all time.

10 stars from me.


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