Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 5
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 12,381
A disaffected man seeks a sense of identity in one of the key films of Hollywood's 1970s New Wave. Once a promising pianist from a family of classical musicians, Bobby Eroica Dupea (Jack Nicholson, in his first major starring role) leads a blue-collar life as an oil rigger, living with needy waitress girlfriend Rayette (Karen Black) and bowling with their friends Elton (Billy "Green" Bush) and Stoney (Fannie Flagg). Feeling suffocated by responsibilities, Bobby seeks out his sister, Tita (Lois
Sep 12, 1970 Wide
Aug 28, 2001
Watch It Now
Robert Eroica Dupea
Catherine Van Ost
Billy Green Bush
John P. Ryan
Carl Fidelio Dupea
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.
Nicholson makes it all go. He proves he is more than a "character actor" with many scenes, especially the confrontation with his father.
Five Easy Pieces, a brilliant gem of American psychological realism (where are these movies today?), is Nicholson's arrival to the A-list.
The film's nervewracking quality is consistent with its content. Nicholson's performance is a remarkably varied and daring exploration of a complex character, equally convincing in its manic and sober aspects.
The result is less a story and more a collection of incidents and character studies, all of which inform each other and extend our understanding of Nicholson's mode of survival: flight.
The feature is anchored by Nicholson's performance, in which he demonstrates his unique ability to swiftly shape-shift from a cheeky sweet-heart into a volatile beast.
An American entry into the French New Wave starring a compelling Jack Nicholson.
Boasting a career best performance by Jack Nicholson in the lead role, Rafelson's movie is a penetrating study of American alienation.
[Jack] Nicholson helped redefine the leading man as a guy who doesn't have the answers but still swaggers through with the show of confidence and control of someone who does.
A key American film of its era, Bob Rafelson's moody, character-driven tale of an upper-middle class dropout established Jack Nicholson as the foremost actor of his generation in articulating the values of the new generation.
Bobby can be seen as spiritual descendant of Melville's scrivener Bartleby, preferring not to participate in a world to which he doesn't subscribe.
Jack Nicholson shines in the film that helped cement his reputation as one of the finest actors of his generation.
This episodic character study is one of the key American films of its era.
Hold that sandwich! A film representing its time, and a classic.
Audience Reviews for Five Easy Pieces
- Robert Eroica Dupea: 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?
- Robert Eroica Dupea: I want you to hold it between your knees.
Discuss Five Easy Pieces on our Movie forum!
Latest News on Five Easy Pieces
September 17, 2013:Digital Multiplex: This Is the End, The Croods, and More
This week in streaming video, we've got a Certified Fresh apocalypse comedy, a prehistoric family...
November 1, 2011:Five Favorite Films with Aaron Eckhart
You could set your watch to Aaron Eckhart's handsomely chiseled features -- but do so at your own...
April 21, 2010:Five Easy Pieces Turns 40
Forty years ago, Jack Nicholson solidified his grip on a career in Hollywood with his starring role...