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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 »
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 »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1971 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi vida es mi vida See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,099,091, 31 December 1971
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Carole Eastman's original script, Catherine Van Oost (Susan Anspach) was supposed to be an older woman. But Director Bob Rafelson transformed her into a young beauty, who is Carl's (Ralph Waite's) protégé. See more »

Goofs

A full rack of ten pins appears after Rayette picks up the spare following her gutter ball. This is correct but since it is the last frame of the second game, she gets another ball, which is not taken. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: [finally talking with his paralyzed father] I don't know if you'd be particularly interested in hearing anything about me. My life, I mean... Most of it doesn't add up to much that I could relate as a way of life that you'd approve of... I'd like to be able to tell you why, but I don't really... I mean, I move around a lot because things tend to get bad when I stay. And I'm looking... for auspicious beginnings, I guess... I'm trying to, you know, imagine your half of this conversation... My ...
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Soundtracks

The Spinning Song
(uncredited)
Written by Albert Ellmenreich
Fragment played by Bobby while visiting Partita in a recording studio.
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Excellent and always fascinating
30 September 2011 | by sunzncSee all my reviews

I've watched the film twice and love it. The different personalities, the different people and their interests just fascinates me. The film is beautifully shot and paced. The acting is excellent by everyone, the dialog interesting.

There are certain scenes that made us laugh out loud. When hitchhikers join the traveling couple we hear some loony dialog that is perfectly delivered and done in such a humorous way. You almost wish you could have been there to hear more.

Some people seem to question the quick cuts, the unexplained meetings. The timeline does get distorted but it in no way damages the quality of the film.

I think most people will want this to stay in their collection. And if you enjoyed this check out Jack in "The Passenger".


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