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Robert Eroica Dupea
|Billy Green Bush||...||
Elton (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
Betty (as Sally Ann Struthers)
Twinky (as Marlena Macguire)
Catherine Van Oost
Carl Fidelio Dupea
|John P. Ryan||...||
Spicer (as John Ryan)
|Rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
Man in Elevator (uncredited)
|Carole Eastman||...||(screenplay) (as Adrien Joyce)|
|Bob Rafelson||...||(story) and|
|Carole Eastman||...||(story) (as Adrien Joyce)|
|Bert Schneider||...||executive producer|
|Harold Schneider||...||associate producer|
|László Kovács||...||director of photography (as Laszlo Kovacs)|
|Peter Denenberg||...||assistant editor (as Pete Denenberg)|
|Harold Hazen||...||assistant editor|
|Sheldon Schrager||...||assistant director|
|Bill Green||...||second assistant director (uncredited)|
|Toby Carr Rafelson||...||interior designer (as Toby Rafelson)|
|Walter Starkey||...||prop master|
|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)|
|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)|
|Kent Remington||...||location representative|
|Pearl Kaufman||...||musician: piano|
|Terry Terrill||...||script supervisor|
|Alfred Schultz||...||transportation captain (as Al Schultz)|
|Marilyn Schlossberg||...||production coordinator|
- Columbia Pictures (1970) (United States) (theatrical)
- Columbia C.E.I.A.D. (1971) (Italy) (theatrical)
- Columbia Film (1971) (Sweden) (theatrical)
- Columbia Films (1971) (France) (theatrical)
- Columbia Films (1971) (Japan) (theatrical)
- Columbia International Films (1971) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
- Columbia Pictures Corporation (1971) (United Kingdom) (theatrical)
- Columbia (1971) (Belgium) (theatrical)
- Warner Bros. (1971) (Norway) (theatrical)
- Warner-Columbia Films (1972) (Argentina) (theatrical)
- Compañía Española de Propaganda, Industria y Cinematografía S.A. (CEPICSA) (1973) (Spain) (theatrical)
- American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (1976) (United States) (tv)
- GPS (1977) (Italy) (theatrical) (as G.P.S.) (reissue)
- Warner-Columbia Film (1978) (Sweden) (theatrical) (reissue)
- Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) (1986) (Norway) (tv)
- Norsk Filmindustri A/S (1987) (Norway) (VHS)
- RCA/Columbia-Hoyts Home Video (Australia) (video)
- Nordisk Film (2000) (Sweden) (DVD)
- Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (2004) (United Kingdom) (DVD)
- Universal Pictures (2004) (Sweden) (DVD)
- Universal Pictures (2007) (Sweden) (DVD)
- The Criterion Collection (2010) (United States) (DVD)
- The Criterion Collection (2010) (United States) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2013) (Finland) (DVD) (as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2013) (Denmark) (DVD)
- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2013) (Norway) (DVD)
- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2013) (Sweden) (DVD)
- The Criterion Collection (2015) (United States) (DVD)
- Park Circus (2016) (France) (theatrical) (re-release)
- The Criterion Channel (2019) (United States) (tv) (digital)
- The Criterion Collection (United States) (laserdisc)
- Edit-Rite (sound effects)
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
|Taglines||He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere. See more »|
|Parents Guide||View content advisory »|
|Also Known As||
|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 »|
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]
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