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Five Easy Pieces (1970)

A dropout 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)
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Stoney
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Betty (as Sally Ann Struthers)
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Twinky (as Marlena Macguire)
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Nicholas Dupea
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Spicer (as John Ryan)
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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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10 December 1970 (Argentina)  »

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Mi vida es mi vida  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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The piece played by Dupea on the piano in the back of the truck driving down the road is Frédéric Chopin's Fantaisie in F minor. See more »

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The flowers in the vase as Catherine puts them on the piano change position. See more »

Quotes

Rayette: I'm gonna play it again.
Bobby: You play that thing one more time, I'm gonna melt it down into hairspray.
Rayette: Let me play the other side then.
Bobby: No, Rayette, it's not a question of sides. It's a question of musical integrity.
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Fuga from Sonata in C major for Violin Solo, BWV 1005
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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When Everything is Nothing

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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