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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 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>

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Taglines:

He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

The flowers in the vase as Catherine puts them on the piano change position. 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 Play Hooky (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

When There's a Fire in Your Heart
Written by Merle Kilgore (as W. Kilgore) & Spencer Williams (as S. Williams)
Performed by Tammy Wynette
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User Reviews

 
Five Easy Pieces is just not a movie for me.
12 December 2018 | by kleinalex-31006See all my reviews

I honestly wanted to like this movie more than I did. The problem was the main character Bobby Eroica Dupea played by Jack Nicholson. I just didn't like him, he had his comedic and redeemable moments, but most of the time he just a huge jerk and not in the charismatic likeable way, more in the pretentious I'm better than you no matter what way.

The most interesting aspect of the movie was understanding the main character and why he's acts the way he does that which, for the most part the movie does well. I also liked the world around him and the grittiness of it. But it just doesn't make up for the fact I disliked the main reason why people love this movie.


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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:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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