On Five Easy Pieces’ Diner Scene

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Jun 29, 2015

The most famous scene in Five Easy Pieces—and perhaps one of the most fondly recalled moments of all of the New American Cinema of the early seventies—is the diner confrontation between Jack Nicholson’s volatile Bobby Dupea and a strict waitress. In this excerpt from an interview on our release of the film, available this week in standalone Blu-ray and DVD editions, director Bob Rafelson and Nicholson recall the inspiration for the scene and the importance of screenwriter Carole Eastman in shaping it.