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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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19 February 1971 (Finland) See more »
He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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A subtle, emotional, and beautiful character study of the 70s See more (199 total) »


  (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)
Kitty Malone .... foley artist (uncredited)
Bob Minkler .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
James Nelson .... 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
Location Management
Kent Remington .... location representative
Music Department
Pearl Kaufman .... musician: piano
Transportation Department
Alfred Schultz .... transportation captain (as Al Schultz)
Other crew
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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Argentina:13 | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1989) | Brazil:14 | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:11 (2013) (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (1971) (original rating) | Peru:14 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #22652) | West Germany:16 (f)

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 »
Continuity: The flowers in the vase as Catherine puts them on the piano change position.See more »
Bobby:Where are *you* goin'?
Palm Apodaca:Alaska.
Bobby:Alaska. What are you: on vacation?
Terry:She wants to live there 'cause it's cleaner.
Bobby:Cleaner. Cleaner than what?
Palm Apodaca:You don't have to tell everybody about it. Pretty soon they'll all go there and it won't be so clean.
Bobby:What makes you think it's cleaner?
Palm Apodaca:I saw a picture of it. Alaska's very clean. It appeared to look very white to me. Don't you think?
Bobby:Yep. That was before the big thaw.
Palm Apodaca:Before the what?
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Prelude in E Minor, Op 28, No. 4See more »


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25 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A subtle, emotional, and beautiful character study of the 70s, 19 April 2005
Author: ridethebustoschool from United States

It's hard to believe a film this powerful and well acted could be put aside and forgotten about so easily. It's another powerful and unique film from the decade OF great films.

Five Easy Pieces is simple yet complex film just as unique as any films today. Robert Dupea is a confused ex Concert Pianest from a genius family who lives in a small town as an oil rigger, he spends his nights with his ditsy oblivious girlfriend Rayette(black) chugging beers and taking out his emotions on her.

When his over emotional sister informs him that his father is ill he must visit his old house and confront his old life. He takes the trip with his ditsy girlfriend and along the way picks up two hippies on the side of the road who constantly bicker about MANKIND which leads to the classic diner scene.

When he visits his old house it's a perfect example of how Robert blows things out proportion, his family are actually kind and easy going. Things become complex when Robert becomes involved in the piano teacher of his injured brother, she forces him to take out his emotions and confront his piano talents. But Rayette who was crashing at a hotel returns and gets in the middle.

The obvious conflict is now that Robert must choose beetween is older life as an oil rigger with his ditsy girlfriend, or return to playing piano and get together with Katherine.

5 easy pieces is a emotional, complex, subtle, and brilliant film. I t has some of the most memorable scenes in cinema and I believe it's Nicholsons best performance to date.

Despite the small fuss about this film on here and the low rating Five Easy Pieces remains one of the most emotional and unique film of all time.

10 stars from me.

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