Keitel plays the lead in this schizophrenic movie in which he is continually pulled by the two conflicting sides of his personality, on the one hand that of a quiet piano virtuoso and on the other a ruthless debt collector for his mobster father. Keitel is introspective as only Keitel can be, really making the audience feel for him and his pained existence. Written by
A powerful film about sex, music and violent crime.
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Did You Know?
claims in the DVD 'director's commentary' that Michael V. Gazzo
, who was fond of a drink, bribed him for a pitcher of Bloody Mary in exchange for an unscripted line that would 'make the scene' in question: the line was 'I should have strangled you in your crib.' and Gazzo delivered it 'under the influence', Toback having been true to his word. See more
Hey, waiter! Tell this character to turn his radio off!
What are you tellin' him for? Tell me!
All right, I'm tellin' ya - turn it off!
Do you believe this? This is the Jamies, man! "Summertime, Summertime!" - the most musically inventive song of 1958! What are you eating? Shrimp? Are you gonna tell me this song doesn't go with your shrimp?
References Five Easy Pieces
Written by Sherman Feller
and Tom Jameson
Performed by The Jamies
Courtesy of Epic Records See more