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Five Easy Pieces -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Carole Eastman (screenplay)
Bob Rafelson (story) ...
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Release Date:
12 September 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Robert Dupea As A Creative Personality See more (167 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Nicholson ... Robert Eroica Dupea

Karen Black ... Rayette Dipesto

Billy Green Bush ... Elton (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
Fannie Flagg ... Stoney

Sally Struthers ... Betty (as Sally Ann Struthers)
Marlena MacGuire ... Twinky (as Marlena Macguire)
Richard Stahl ... Recording Engineer

Lois Smith ... Partita Dupea

Helena Kallianiotes ... Palm Apodaca

Toni Basil ... Terry Grouse
Lorna Thayer ... Waitress
Susan Anspach ... Catherine Van Oost

Ralph Waite ... Carl Fidelio Dupea
William Challee ... Nicholas Dupea

John P. Ryan ... Spicer (as John Ryan)
Irene Dailey ... Samia Glavia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clay Greenbush ... Baby (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Rafelson 
 
Writing credits
Carole Eastman (screenplay) (as Adrien Joyce)

Bob Rafelson (story) and
Carole Eastman (story) (as Adrien Joyce)

Produced by
Bob Rafelson .... producer
Bert Schneider .... executive producer
Harold Schneider .... associate producer
Richard Wechsler .... producer
 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
 
Film Editing by
Christopher Holmes 
Gerald Shepard 
 
Casting by
Fred Roos 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sheldon Schrager .... assistant director
Bill Green .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Toby Carr Rafelson .... interior designer (as Toby Rafelson)
Walter Starkey .... prop master
 
Sound Department
Charles T. Knight .... sound mixer (as Charles Knight)
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Richard Aguilar)
Bill Curtis .... best boy
Howard Hagadorn .... dolly grip
George Hill .... key grip
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bucky Rous .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Peter Denenberg .... assistant editor (as Pete Denenberg)
Harold Hazen .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Pearl Kaufman .... musician: piano
 
Transportation Department
Alfred Schultz .... transportation captain (as Al Schultz)
 
Other crew
Kent Remington .... location representative
Marilyn Schlossberg .... production coordinator
Terry Terrill .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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98 min
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Trivia:
"Five Easy Pieces" refers to a book of piano lessons for beginners.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Bobby and Carl are finished playing Ping-Pong, Carl leaves in the blue station wagon to go to the mainland where he spends the night. In the next several scenes when Bobby and Catherine spend time together while it is understood Carl is away, they are seen cavorting outside where the blue station wagon is shown parked in the driveway.See more »
Quotes:
Bobby:What are you doing screwing around with all this crap?
Catherine:I do not find your language very charming.
Bobby:It isn't. It's direct.
Catherine:I'd like you to leave so that I can take a bath. Is that direct?
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Soundtrack:
Stand by Your ManSee more »

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Was Rayette really pregnant?
Any recommendations for movies similar to 'Five Easy Pieces'?
Bobby's full name is given as 'Robert Eroica Dupea' in the credits. Does 'Eroica' stand for anything?
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65 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
Robert Dupea As A Creative Personality, 2 June 1999
Author: Sean Rutledge (rutledgesean@hotmail.com) from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

In discussing films with extraordinary characterization, Bob Rafelson's "Five Easy Pieces" is an exemplary example. The film is an intense character study of an alienated, misfit drifter who seems to have no specific direction or place in life. Jack Nicholson brings to life Robert Dupea, a man who has considerable natural musical talent, but has rejected that life and his family who is also musically talented. There are hints throughout the film that Robert had great promise as a concert pianist if only he had stuck with it. He contains many of the creative personality characteristics that would predispose him to musical greatness. Psychologists who study creativity have found that generally creative people contain a number of specific personality characteristics. Robert contains many of them, but has generally abandoned creating anything.

I would first like to comment on why I feel the film received the title, "Five Easy Pieces". I at first thought that it might be because Robert plays piano five times throughout the film. But in a second viewing, I counted and he only played piano four times, including the time where he mimics playing the piano at the dinner table when discussing his experience playing in Las Vegas. I pondered a little further and realized that the title was likely spawned from the five classical pieces listed in the introductory credits; Chopin's Fantasy in F minor, Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Mozart's E-flat major concerto, Chopin's Prelude in E minor, and finally Mozart's Fantasy in D minor. I myself am not a musician, but other people who do play music have told me that these pieces are somewhat difficult to play. But Robert can sit down and play them with no problem. In this sense, the title "Five Easy Pieces" is somewhat ironic.

One of the main characteristics of creative people is 'alienation'. I will discuss this concept first because alienation is one of the central themes of the film. The alienation that lies in Robert is a direct result of his lack of direction towards any one particular life. In his case, one life would be the average working class type of person and the other would be that of a musician. Robert seems to be caught somewhere between the two. He came from a talented, musically oriented family and was at one point, a promising pianist, but now engages in a common, working class lifestyle where he drinks beer, bowls, listens to country music and chases after women. But it is evident that he does not feel settled in this lifestyle. He is as much of a misfit among the common community as he is among the musical atmosphere of Puget Sound. In essence, he is a nowhere type of man.

Robert also displays the personality characteristic of 'naivete', meaning that a person tends to act somewhat child-like. Creative people tend to be quite impulsive and open to emotional display, and are quite often labeled as temperamental. Poet, Earl Birney states that "poets might just be people who have not overgrown their love for poetry as a child". Many researchers have theorized that the creator is like a child. Schiller argues that you can not create if your intellect (a uniquely adult attribute) hinders you. Another theorist, Osborne argues that to be creative one must eliminate the mature, intellectual attitude, and that creative people are able to resist premature judgements through the use of brainstorming techniques, producing many ideas and alternatives. Freud said that both the child and the creative person are similar in that both have unfulfilled wishes and desires. Satisfied people do not create. He argued that all people need an escape from reality; in adulthood we daydream (play internally) for wish fulfillment, but the creative person keeps it external by creating something such as a symphony, poem, or a painting etc. At many points in "Five Easy Pieces", Robert displays child like behavior. This is characterized most notably in the famous scene where he explodes at a waitress in a diner because the establishment does not have the meal that he desires. He flies into a temper tantrum and sweeps all of the glasses and menus off the table. Another wonderful scene illustrating Robert's naivete is the one when he jumps aboard a truck with a piano in the back and begins playing it during a traffic jam. Creative people, like children are often open to high emotional display, and hence Robert seizes the moment by playing the piano to get his mind off the traffic jam which he has lost patience with. He, like many other creative people is very confident, self assertive, dominant, and independent.

The film's narrative neatly unfolds, Robert's insecurity, another common creative trait. Many great creators have doubts about the quality of their product and the authenticity of their talent, hence the notion that creative people are never satisfied. It is quite evident that Robert has high doubts that he could be a great pianist. This is probably why he ended up being a drifter, choosing the common, trailer park sort of life. There is a scene near the end of the film where Robert is speaking with his father and in a way apologizing for his own life and not living up to the expectations of the family. He states that they both know that Robert is not any good anyway. This is a depiction of his insecurity. But not only is he insecure about his talent as a musician; he is also insecure about his life in general. He is caught somewhere in between two worlds, the world of the common man and the world of the creative musician, and thus is always running away from things as a result.

All of the creative theory aside, "Five Easy Pieces" is very enjoyable on the level of acting. Jack Nicholson nails the character of Robert Dupea dead on. The character called for a certain degree of arrogance and obnoxiousness which are characteristics that we all know that no one can portray better than Jack.

**** out of ****

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