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Five Easy Pieces 1970

A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest...

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***.5/****

Pro: The conversation with the father. Jack's constant uncomfortable state. The two wonderfully different parts to the story, tied together through Dupea. The chicken salad sandwich. The title. The ending. Oh yeah, and you can't forget the hilarious "conversation" about waste.

Con: The 70's never looked so bland.
Jack Nicholson is a true American acting legend. He has garnered an impressive 12 Oscar nominations and has three wins for his roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Terms of Endearment, and As Good As it Gets. He brings a gritty realism to each of his roles that few could ever hope to accomplish. He is by far one of film's most enduring legends.

(I have already rated a few Nicholson films...so I picked a few more to rate.)

Five Easy Pieces
Starring: Jack Nicholson as Robert Dupea
Karen Black as Rayette Dipesto
Sally Struthers as Betty
Billy Grenne Bush as Elton
Directed by: Bob Rafelson
Written by: Rafelson and Carol Eastman
Released 1970
Nicholson nominated for Best Actor



This is a film where the performances are better than the overall story. However, since this is a Actor Spotlight, I'll discuss Nicholson. Jack is a force in this one as he plays Robert, a blue collar worker who had the potential for so much more. He seems satisfied in his life and won't turn himself around. As such, this could be viewed as a study on complacency...instead of a study of turning one's life around. Has the classic scene:


[Bobby wants plain toast, which isn't on the menu.
Bobby: I'd like an omelet, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.
Waitress: A #2, chicken salad sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce, the mayonnaise, and a cup of coffee. Anything else?
Bobby: Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.
Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh?
Bobby: I want you to hold it between your knees.


The Shining

Starring: Jack Nicholson as Freddie Gale
David Morse as John Booth
Anjelica Huston as Mary
Piper Laurie as Helen Booth
Written and Directed by: Sean Penn
Released 1995



A sad meditation on loss and second chances. Nicholson plays a man who wishes to seek revenge on a man (Morse) who run down his young daughter. It's a sterling performance by Nicholson and one that many haven't seen or hear about. Great film.


"Sean Penn just might be as good of a director as he is an actor. Nicholson is captivating as the emotional torn and mentally anguished father trying to come to terms with his daughter's death."
-- Fred Hong Joo Jung, KOREA TIMES
One of a kind. Susan Anspach is the best!
I watched this movie, expecting to be entralled with this suppposed classic. After watching the film, I feel extremely dissapointed. The film is boring, and the whole time it was playing, I couldn't have cared less about the characters. Jack Nicholson does give a great performance, as a pianist turned oil rig worker, but his performance isn't enough to save this film.
This is an early Jack Nicholson movie , depicting him as the fun loving, bed hopping , mine worker with not a care in the world and a brainless girlfriend who goes home to his father's deathbed only to find himself falling for his brother's fiance.

He is uncomfortable with his past as a classical pianist which is what he ran away from but finds the very same qualities of life endearing her. She ,of course , although giving in to him for a bit of a mattress ruffle , gives him the cold shoulder when it comes to a long term relationship and rightly so ,as he is the one that rejected the life in the first place.

Fine performances all round by Jack, Karen Black as the girlfriend and Susan Anspach as the brother's fiance.

Bob Rafelson , the director , ends the story with Jack's character leaving his girlfriend at a gas station on the highway and hitching a ride on a truck ...but we dont know where.

The name of the movie is derived from a piano lesson music book called 'Five Easy Pieces"
Five Easy Pieces (Rafelson 70) 9.5/10

Hotel Rwanda (George 04) 7.0/10

Gun Crazy (Lewis 49) 7.5/10

2046 (Wong 04) 8.0/10

Dead Man Walking (Robbins 95) 5.0/10
Enjoyable with great performances, but overrated, understandably so. Jack Nicholson plays a brilliant piano player who quits his day job and goes on a "quest to find himself." On the way, he visits his estranged family and falls in love with his brother's girl. It might have been great for its time, but it doesn't hold with age, as many classics do. Obviously the basis for future films such as Lost in Translation, which I felt was also overrated. I respect the film, but I didn't love it.
**1/2


This was directed by a guy who also directed some Xena episodes for Sam Raimi's company. Bruce Campbell produces. He also plays a very unlikeable character (a rarity for Bruce) as well as a syringe-wielding surgeon who populates the nightmares of the main character played very well Sam Raimi's brother Ted. I really like him in this. There's stop motion effects, a few camera pans that are the Raimi staple, and a pretty decent love story involving Ted and that chick from Valley Girl who was suppoosed to be "all that" in the 1980s. Better than you'd expect, although it's taken 3 viewings for me to admit I kind of really like it a little bit. ;) Cronenberg's Spider is similar and quite a bit better, although more a serious film. Check it out if you like this one.
I really enjoyed this movie, which was great since I went into it honestly knowing nothing about it, other than the fact that it is considered one of Jack Nicholson's finest moments. I really couldn't agree more - which is saying a lot, since I think he's a wonderful actor.

I don't really have much to say about this one, other than the fact that I enjoyed it. I don't think I had ever seen Jack Nicholson cry before this, and it was a really heartbreaking moment. The whole film was, actually.
Five Easy Pieces is a Highly Boring movie that is saved by The Acting and Writing. Jack Nicholson and Karen Black give solid performances, but the film is very slow paced, Empty and Badly directed. The ending is very dissapointing and unsatisfying. Helena Kallianiotes has some funny parts in the brief period she's in the movie.