• Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Five Easy Pieces

Release Date: November 19th, 1970

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 1999

R |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

Rejecting his cultured upper-class background as a classical pianist, Robert Dupea (Jack Nicholson) opts for a blue-collar existence, working in a California oil field and spending time with his waitress girlfriend, Rayette (Karen Black). But when Robert discovers that his father is gravely ill, he wants to reunite with his estranged family in the state of Washington. He and Rayette take a road trip that brings the two paths of his life to an uncomfortable intersection.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg, Sally Struthers, Ralph Waite, Helena Kallianiotes

Director: Bob Rafelson

Genres: Drama

Production Co: BBS Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Criterion Collection, Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Sister, 1970s, Girlfriend, Father, Mother, Family

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Rolling Stone

    A marvel of letting an antihero's restless wanderings dictate the terms of the story, Pieces doesn't explain its lead's ennui so much as honors it. show more

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    What is more striking about the film is that its secondary characters are also real. The acting appears to be non-acting. . . . Karen Black is a letter-perfect Rayette, and Lois Smith, as Robert's sister, gives the most sensitive small performance in the film. (Jack) Nicholson makes it all go. He proves he is more than a character actor with many scenes, especially the confrontation with his father. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A masterpiece of heartbreaking intensity. show more

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Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen - Based on Factual Material or on Story Material Not Previoulsy Published or Produced)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama