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Five Easy Pieces (1970)

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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.

Director:

Bob Rafelson

Writers:

Carole Eastman (screenplay) (as Adrien Joyce), Bob Rafelson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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)
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Storyline

Robert Dupea has given up his promising career as a concert pianist and is now working in oil fields. He lives together with Rayette, who's a waitress in a diner. When Robert hears from his sister that his father isn't well, he drives up to Washington to see him, taking Rayette with him. There he gets confronted with his rich, cultured family that he had left behind. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Carole Eastman wanted Jeanne Moreau as Catherine. See more »

Goofs

While Tita and Bobby are on the waterfront, talking, Tita is leaning on the tree with no coffee cup and in the next shot she is holding a coffee cup. In the next shot, the cup is gone and she is leaning on the tree again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rayette: I'm gonna play it again.
Bobby: You play that thing one more time, I'm gonna melt it down into hairspray.
Rayette: Let me play the other side then.
Bobby: No, Rayette, it's not a question of sides. It's a question of musical integrity.
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Connections

Referenced in About Schmidt (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Spinning Song
(uncredited)
Written by Albert Ellmenreich
Fragment played by Bobby while visiting Partita in a recording studio.
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. . .a great launchpad for Jack, but so many others should have lit their stars as well
28 December 2001 | by WCS02See all my reviews

I saw Five Easy Pieces 31 years after its initial release, when the Tampa Public Library system brought in the DVD of it. I was surprised that more of the acting excellence displayed did not manifest in a career akin (or reflecting some pct of the success) of the inimitable Jack Nicholson.

Susan Anspach plays Catherine to the hilt; and Helena Kallianiotes, one of the hitchhikers portrays an amiably reckless Palm with her girlfriend. Susan should have become an A picture leading lady like Julia Roberts - or maybe an excellent character actor like Blythe Danner. Helena should have had an equal number of 'eccentric' character roles. Sally Struthers - already begun to be typecast for a ditsy blonde . . . has enduring allure for me anyway. Oh well: luck, opportunity, availability all had a hand in the years that followed.

This was a great launchpad for Jack; but so many others could have (no should have) lit their stars as well. 8 / 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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