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Five Easy Pieces -- Jack Nicholson gives a tour de force performance in this riveting masterpiece. Nominated for four Academy Awards(r), including Best Picture 1970.
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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Release Date:
12 September 1970 (USA) See more »
He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere.
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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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  (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)
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The movie's conversation "You want me to hold the chicken, huh?" - "I want you to hold it between your knees." between Robert and the waitress was voted as the #98 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.See more »
Factual errors: Rae is taking a Polaroid picture of Bobby as they drive up to Washington. In the very next scene it is already developed. Polaroids do not develop instantly; Polaroids of the day took at least five minutes to be fully developed.See more »
Betty:When I was four, just four years old, I went to my mother and I said, "What's this hole in my chin?" - I saw this dimple in my chin in the mirror, and didn't know what it was. And my mother said - get what my mother says - she says, "When you're born, you go on a assembly line past God, and if He likes you, He says,
[grabs her cheeks with both her hands]
Betty:"You cute little thing!" and you get dimples there. And if He doesn't like you, He goes,
[presses one finger on her chin]
Betty:"Go away." So about six months later, my mother found me saying my prayers, and I was going,
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Postcards from the Edge (1990)See more »
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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
When There's a Fire In Your Heart, 3 September 2003
Author: PeteStud from australia

This incredible movie would have to be one of Jack Nicholson and the totally underrated Karen Black's finest hours (and a half!). This would probably be my favourite movie of all time and though you might find it initially depressing you too will find many instances of black humour with repeated viewings. Everybody and their dog always raves about the chicken salad sandwich diner scene and the dialogue between the main character and his invalid father but for my money the money shot is when Bobby first tells Rayette he has to visit his family ALONE and as he tries to leave without her (which wouldve ended up being the most humane thing he does in the film!!) he finds his car wont start at the crucial moment and he completely loses it in his car cursing a lotta four letter words under his breath. I wont go into the details of what this film is about but its thoroughly entertaining and works on many levels. Fans of this sort of drama should check out WHEN YOU COMIN BACK, RED RYDER as well for superb character breakdowns also. If you thought the main character in Michael Leigh's NAKED was a miserable lost soul on a road to nowhere you aint seen nothing yet til you check out Jack in this!! A complete masterpiece from beginning to end. Great soundtrack with Tammy Wynette by the way and Karen Black shows off her awesome vocal style as well......

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