Five Easy Pieces ()

Reference View | Change View

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.

  • Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 17 nominations.
  • See more »

Photos and Videos

Cast verified as complete

Robert Eroica Dupea
Rayette Dipesto
Elton (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
Betty (as Sally Ann Struthers)
Marlena MacGuire ...
Twinky (as Marlena Macguire)
Recording Engineer
Partita Dupea
Palm Apodaca
Terry Grouse
Catherine Van Oost
Carl Fidelio Dupea
Nicholas Dupea
Spicer (as John Ryan)
Samia Glavia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baby (uncredited)
Man in Elevator (uncredited)

Directed by

Bob Rafelson

Written by

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

Editorial Department

Peter Denenberg ... assistant editor (as Pete Denenberg)
Harold Hazen ... assistant editor

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

Location Management

Kent Remington ... location representative

Music Department

Pearl Kaufman ... musician: piano

Script and Continuity Department

Terry Terrill ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Alfred Schultz ... transportation captain (as Al Schultz)

Additional Crew

Marilyn Schlossberg ... production coordinator
Crew believed to be complete

Production Companies




Special Effects


Other Companies



Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere. See more »
Parents Guide View content advisory »

Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Cinq pièces faciles (France)
  • Por 25 centavos (Spain)
  • Mi vida es mi vida (Spain)
  • Mi vida es mi vida (Argentina)
  • Five Easy Pieces - Ein Mann sucht sich selbst (West Germany)
  • See more »
  • 98 min
Aspect Ratio
Sound Mix
Filming Locations

Box Office

Budget $1,600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia "Five Easy Pieces" refers to a book of piano lessons for beginners. See more »
Goofs When Bobby plays the piano for Catherine about three quarters through the movie, the music in front of him is clearly not what he is playing (Chopin's "Prelude in E Minor"). On one hand, this emphasizes his improvisational nature and rejection of the life prescribed to him by his class, but it also shows his musical prowess and memory. He reveals that the song was memorized when he later says "I picked the easiest piece I could think of". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in America at the Movies (1976). See more »
Soundtracks Stand by Your Man See more »
Quotes Bobby: I'd like a plain omelette, no potatoes, tomatoes instead, a cup of coffee and wheat toast.
Waitress: [points at his menu] No substitutions.
Bobby: What do you mean? You don't have any tomatoes?
Waitress: Only what's on the menu. You can have a number two, a plain omelette, it comes with cottage fries and rolls.
Bobby: Yeah, I know what it comes with, but it's not what I want.
Waitress: Well, I'll come back when you make up your mind
Bobby: Wait a minute, I have made up my mind. I'd like a plain omelette, no potatoes on the plate, a cup of coffee and a side order of wheat toast.
Waitress: I'm sorry, we don't have any side orders of toast. I'll give you an English muffin or a coffee roll.
Bobby: What do you mean you don't make side orders of toast? You make sandwiches, don't you?
Waitress: Would you like to talk to the manager?
Palm Apodaca: Hey, mac...
Bobby: Shut up.
[to the waitress]
Bobby: You've got bread and a toaster of some kind?
Waitress: I don't make the rules.
Bobby: OK, I'll make it as easy for you as I can. I'd like an omelette, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce, and a cup of coffee.
Waitress: A number two, a chicken salad sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce, and the mayonnaise, and a cup of coffee. Anything else?
Bobby: Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a cheque for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.
Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh?
Bobby: I want you to hold it between your knees.
[Palm Apodaca sniggers]
Waitress: [points at a sign behind her] You see that sign, sir? Yes, you'll all have to leave! I'm not taking any more of your smartness and sarcasm!
Bobby: You see this sign?
[he sweeps all the glasses off the table onto the floor]
See more »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed