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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 »
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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 & 7 nominations See more »
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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
 
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98 min
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Trivia:
The traffic jam on the freeway was shot on a new and unopened section of Interstate 5 near Bakersfield, Ca.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Early in the movie, when in the bedroom with Rayette, Bobby's arm position is inconsistent.See more »
Quotes:
Catherine:You're a strange person, Robert. I mean, what will you come to? If a person has no love for himself, no respect for himself, no love of his friends, family, work, something - how can he ask for love in return? I mean, why should he ask for it?See more »
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Stand by Your ManSee more »

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What is 'Five Easy Pieces' about?
Bobby's full name is given as 'Robert Eroica Dupea' in the credits. Does 'Eroica' stand for anything?
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27 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
The pianist, 14 February 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

"Five Easy Pieces" was one of the most revered films of the 1970s. It was the film that showed audiences what Jack Nicholson could do, after having worked for many years in movies that were seen only by real cinephiles, but not by a wider audiences. Not having seen the film in a long time, we decided to watch it when it showed on cable recently. The only thing is the copy we saw was not anamorphic in format, which on key scenes almost shows a blank screen while the characters talk off camera!

Bob Rafelson and Carole Eastman created a screen play that dealt with existential themes, a rarity in the American cinema. Mr. Rafelson was at the height of his creative period, something that later projects seem to contradict the promise he showed at the time.

Bobby Dupea, the main character of the story, is a complex individual who has left a life of privilege and culture behind to become an oil rig worker and getting away from his previous life. At the time we meet him, he is involved with Rayette, a simple woman who loves him, but one can see how different they are. That contrast comes more obvious when Bobby goes back home and meets Catherine, his brother's fiancée, who is a musician and seem to be more attuned with Bobby than the simple minded Rayette.

"Five Easy Pieces" was a film that showcased the enormously talented Jack Nicholson doing some interesting work. The measure of his acting ability is seen about half way in the movie as Bobby, Rayette, and the two lesbian hitchhikers have stopped at a diner. Bobby's meal order request creates a match of words in which Mr. Nicholson shows what he is capable of doing.

The film concludes with a puzzling scene, as Bobby and Rayette are heading back home. We watch them stopping at a gas station and little prepares us for what happens next. In a way, we have seen all along the film how restless Bobby has become and it's clear that in spite of his being with Rayette, she will never understands how to make him happy at all.

The reason for watching "Five Easy Pieces" is Jack Nicholson. His character is the most interesting one in the film and he does an excellent job in creating the tension behind this complex man he portraits. Karen Black's Rayette is annoying at times because of her whining. Susan Anspach comes out better playing Catherine. Some other familiar faces in the cast are, Sally Struthers, Ralph White, Lois Smith, Billy Green Bush and Fannie Flagg.

"Five Easy Pieces" is one of the best films of that decade.

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