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Five Easy Pieces
Running Time: 96 minutes
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg, Sally Struthers, Marlena MacGuire, Susan Anspach, Richard Stahl, Lois Smith
Showtime: Friday, March 14, 2008 @ 07:25 PM
Director: Bob Rafelson
Description: Five Easy Pieces, an acclaimed drama, is a riveting American story about a former musical ingénue whose gift becomes a burden to him as he grapples with the implications of his choices in work, relationships, and family.
Five Easy Pieces, is one of the most notable collaborations between Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson, with Nicholson as an oil rig worker who returns to the family he left behind years earlier to visit his dying father, in an outstanding performance as Bobby Dupea. In the film, Rafelson and Nicholson capture the difficult, awkward life of a gifted man who hasn't discovered a way to fully express his talent or found his place in the world--and maybe never will.
Bobby is a classic misfit--disillusioned about being a musician, unhappy as an oil rigger, and unable to make a commitment to his girlfriend, Rayette, who hopes for marriage. When he visits his family home on Puget Sound after a long absence, things don't get better. Bobby hates the repressive atmosphere: his brother is unbearable, his father can't speak, and his sister is involved with his father's supercilious male nurse. When Bobby sets his sights on his brother's fiancée, Catherine Van Ost (movingly played by the beautiful Susan Anspach), things seem to be getting better--that is, until Rayette arrives and Bobby realizes he is caught in a collision between his two lives.
The film features characteristically gorgeous cinematography from Laszlo Kovaks and a soundtrack that skillfully offsets Tammy Wynette with Chopin. Karen Black garnered an Oscar nomination as Nicholson's girlfriend.
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