Five Easy Pieces Five Easy Pieces
  • United States
  • 1970
  • 98 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #546

Following Jack Nicholson’s breakout supporting turn in Easy Rider, director Bob Rafelson devised a powerful leading role for the new star in the searing character study Five Easy Pieces. Nicholson plays the now iconic cad Bobby Dupea, a shiftless thirtysomething oil rigger and former piano prodigy immune to any sense of romantic or familial responsibility, who returns to his childhood home to see his ailing, estranged father, blue-collar girlfriend (Karen Black) in tow. Moving in its simplicity and gritty in its textures, Five Easy Pieces is a lasting example of early 1970s American alienation.

Cast

Robert Eroica DupeaJack Nicholson
Rayette DipestoKaren Black
Partita DupeaLois Smith
Catherine Van OostSusan Anspach
Carl Fidelio DupeaRalph Waite
EltonBilly “Green” Bush
StoneyFannie Flagg
BettySally Ann Struthers
Terry GrouseToni Basil
Palm ApodacaHelena Kallianiotes
WaitressLorna Thayer

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography László Kovács, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson and interior designer Toby Rafelson
  • Soul Searching in “Five Easy Pieces,” a 2009 video piece with Rafelson
  • BBStory, a 2009 documentary about the BBS era, with Rafelson, actors Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, and Ellen Burstyn, and directors Peter Bogdanovich and Henry Jaglom, among others
  • Audio excerpts from a 1976 AFI interview with Rafelson
  • Theatrical trailer and teasers

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Film Essays

Five Easy Pieces: The Solitude

By Kent Jones November 25, 2010

The solitude. Of men, sometimes women, who refused to settle on a place, a role, a “stable” identity. They walked through my life for a few years when I was a boy—carpenters, child-care workers, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Five Easy Pieces

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Photo Galleries


Press Notes

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Film Essays

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Film Essays

Five Easy Pieces: The Solitude

By Kent Jones November 25, 2010

The solitude. Of men, sometimes women, who refused to settle on a place, a role, a “stable” identity. They walked through my life for a few years when I was a boy—carpenters, child-care workers, . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Five Easy Pieces

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By 1970, the sixties may have been over, but the youth of America was still riding the crest of the Woodstock Festival into the new decade. 1969 gave us Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, . . . Read more »

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