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Five Easy Pieces (1970)

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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)
Fannie Flagg ...
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Betty (as Sally Ann Struthers)
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Carl Fidelio Dupea
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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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12 September 1970 (USA)  »

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Mi vida es mi vida  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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When Dupea goes to quit his oil-rigging job, the loud whirring of machines can be heard in the background. This identical sound effect was used seven years later by George Lucas, for the trash compacter scene in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). See more »

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Bobby tells Raye that he has to go to Washington State to see his father who had a stroke. The Dupea household was actually on Central Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and the ferry scenes occurred at Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay, which are also on Vancouver Island, not Washington. See more »

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Catherine: [after hearing Robert play the piano] That was beautiful, Robert, I'm surprised.
Bobby: Thank you.
Catherine: I was really very moved by... What's wrong?
Bobby: Nothing. It's just... I picked the easiest piece that I could think of. I first played it when I was 8-years-old, and I played it better then.
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Referenced in Clay Pigeon (1971) See more »

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Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Pearl Kaufman
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A masterpiece
20 May 2004 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Previously known only for creating 'The Monkees', Bob Rafelson produced an underrated masterpiece when he made 'Five Easy Pieces', a film that deserves to be a lot better known. Jack Nicholson, typically intense but atypically understated, has possibly his finest hour as Bobby Duprea, a self-hating misogynist ill at ease with himself and the world. Many people will, when thinking of Nicholson, bring to mind his pantomime pyschopath Johnny from 'The Shining'; but Bobby, a profoundly human creation, is actually far more scary. Elsewhere the film features characteristically gorgeous cinematography from Laszlo Kovaks; a soundtrack that skilfully offsets Tammy Wynette and Chopin; excellent writing throughout and some very black humour. Like a less extreme version of Mike Leigh's 'Naked', and bristling with uncomfortable truth, 'Five Easy Pieces' is a true classic of 1970s cinema. Few films today are as good.


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