Five Easy Pieces

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Released 1970

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Director:
Bob Rafelson
Released:
1970
Rating:
R

Five Easy Pieces (1970) established Bob Rafelson as a movie director and confirmed Jack Nicholson's status as a new leading man. He plays Bobby Dupea, an oil rigger when we first meet him, and seemingly a fairly ordinary, even rather uncouth, blue-collar type. But Bobby has a secret - he is the highly-educated son of a famous musical family, and broke with them angrily some years ago, taking instead to wandering around the country in search of a different life. Now, his estranged father is dying; so Bobby, together with his pregnant working-class girlfriend Rayette, heads back home to be with his family. Anxious to be rid of Rayette before she dominates his life, Bobby gets her a motel room and tells her to stay there; proceeding alone to his family, he meets Catherine, a young pianist engaged to his brother, Carl. Although Rayette soon turns up anyway, Bobby is instantly drawn to Catherine and there is obvious sexual chemistry between them - will he cause more distress to his family before inevitably moving on?

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    Jack Nicholson

    Jack Nicholson

    Robert Eroica Dupea

    Karen Black

    Karen Black

    Rayette Dipesto

    Susan Anspach

    Susan Anspach

    Catherine Van Ost

    Lois Smith

    Lois Smith

    Partita Dupea

    Ralph Waite

    Ralph Waite

    Carl Fidelio Dupea

    Helena Kallianiotes

    Helena Kallianiotes

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