Five Easy Pieces

Five Easy Pieces

Bob Rafelson (1970)

98min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Take a look at this accomplished drama and you'll see why Jack Nicholson became a Hollywood superstar. He's lean and hungry, fresh from Easy Rider and in cahoots with several of the best indie film-makers of the time: director Bob Rafelson, producer Bert Schneider and writers Carole Eastman and Robert Towne. Nicholson is simply magnetic as Bobby Dupea, emotionally repressed and unable to adjust to the two worlds he inhabits among blue-collar oilmen and the family home, a sort of Ibsen commune devoted to maths and Mozart. The film, superbly directed by Rafelson, shifts the late 1960s hippy drop-out genre into the Ingmar Bergman class: it's cerebral, yes, but also moving and witty. It also has a classic scene when Nicholson orders a sandwich at a diner and asks the waitress to hold the chicken and just serve him the toast.

Summary

An oil-rigger who has cut himself off from his cultured, middle-class roots reluctantly returns to his family home, with his pregnant girlfriend in tow, after receiving word that his father is dying. However, the homecoming turns into a failure, as the psychological journey has a lasting impact on himself and those closest to him. Drama, with Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach and Ralph Waite.

Cast & Crew

Robert Eroica Dupea Jack Nicholson
Rayette Dipesto Karen Black
Catherine Van Oost Susan Anspach
Partita Dupea Lois Smith
Elton Billy Green Bush
Stoney Fannie Flagg
Carl Fidelio Dupea Ralph Waite
Palm Apodaca Helena Kallianiotes
Terry Grouse Toni Basil
Betty Sally Ann Struthers
Twinky Marlena Macguire
Nicholas Dupea William Challee
Spicer John P Ryan
Waitress Lorna Thayer
Recording Engineer Richard Stahl
Sarnia Glavia Irene Dailey
Director Bob Rafelson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Contains swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 13 Aug 2010
Drama