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Five Easy Pieces ()


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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.

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

Directed by

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Bob Rafelson

Written by

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Carole Eastman ... (screenplay) (as Adrien Joyce)
 
Bob Rafelson ... (story) and
Carole Eastman ... (story) (as Adrien Joyce)

Produced by

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Bob Rafelson ... producer
Bert Schneider ... executive producer
Harold Schneider ... associate producer
Richard Wechsler ... producer

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László Kovács ... director of photography (as Laszlo Kovacs)

Film Editing by

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Christopher Holmes
Gerald Shepard

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

Casting By

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Fred Roos

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sheldon Schrager ... assistant director
Bill Green ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Toby Carr Rafelson ... interior designer (as Toby Rafelson)
Walter Starkey ... prop master

Sound Department

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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)

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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)

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Bucky Rous ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Kent Remington ... location representative

Music Department

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Pearl Kaufman ... musician: piano

Script and Continuity Department

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Terry Terrill ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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

Additional Crew

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

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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

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Taglines He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere. See more »
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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)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Budget $1,600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
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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]
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