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Five Easy Pieces

USA, English, 98 mins

  • Director: Bob Rafelson
  • Writer: Carole Eastman
  • Producer: Bob Rafelson; Bert Schneider

CGiii Comment

70s writing really does leave much to be desired - this is terrible.

The soundtrack is like a perpetual migraine that is further amplified by the screeching of the female leads.

Strangely, this has been hailed as a masterpiece...inexplicable.


The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Jack Nicholson as Robert Eroica Dupea;
Karen Black as Rayette Dipesto;
Billy Green Bush as Elton;
Fannie Flagg as Stoney;
Sally Struthers as Betty;
Marlena MacGuire as Twinky;
Richard Stahl as Recording Engineer;
Lois Smith as Partita Dupea;
Helena Kallianiotes as Palm Apodaca;
Toni Basil as Terry Grouse;
Lorna Thayer as Waitress;
Susan Anspach as Catherine Van Oost;
Ralph Waite as Carl Fidelio Dupea;
William Challee as Nicholas Dupea;
John P. Ryan as Spicer

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