Five Easy Pieces Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Fannie Flagg, Sally Struthers, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite

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Robert Eroica Dupea (Nicholson), a roughneck oil rigger, returns home from the Southwest to Puget Sound to see his dying father, and takes his pregnant, diner waitress girlfriend Rayette (Black) with him. Back home he is forced to confront a past he tried to escape -- a wealthy family and a career as a concert pianist -- as well as his current lifestyle that is hardworking, grubby, and lacking in direction. While in Washington his womanizing ways get him a classy gal (Anspach) who allows herself to be seduced for a time, then discards him. This funny yet depressing 1970 film was a giant step forward for director and coauthor Bob Rafelson from the Monkees TV segments and their feature movie "Head" he had done up to that time, it featured contrasting classical music and ironic Tammy Wynette classics on the soundtrack, and it made Jack Nicholson a star.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   All family members Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   blue collar worker Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Pacific NW Forest?    -   Yes Prairie?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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