Five Easy Pieces

Five Easy Pieces

DVD - 1998
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Character study of a talented pianist who has given up a promising career and now works on oil rigs. After 20 years he returns home to his father's deathbed perhaps to reconcile himself with his fear of failure and desire for greatness.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Tristar Home Video, c1998.
ISBN: 9780767828055
0767828054
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: 5 easy pieces
Summary: Character study of a talented pianist who has given up a promising career and now works on oil rigs. After 20 years he returns home to his father's deathbed perhaps to reconcile himself with his fear of failure and desire for greatness.

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TheeAvebury
Oct 17, 2017

This film is an intriguing character study of an amoral drifter, acted superbly by Jack Nicholson. The cinematography is outstanding, and the movie has some genuinely funny moments.

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Nursebob
Oct 16, 2017

Jack Nicholson takes his job and shoves it in this rather overrated character study released at the beginning of the “ME!” generation. The performances are impressive and the understated ending was perfect. Unfortunately, this is a true period piece forever stuck in the 70s. Much of the initial impact it had 40 years ago has not withstood the test of time and even though I can appreciate what it said to a past generation I still found Nicholson’s character tedious and petty. It was one of the defining films of its decade however, and that alone is worth the rental fee.

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Maoisdead
Oct 16, 2017

Director Bob Rafelson attempts something unusual here, making a film that's subtle about its meaning without ever ranging into the pretentiously oblique or merely ambiguous.

btmslt Nov 13, 2013

An interesting film showing the conflicts within us.

rufus_red4 Oct 03, 2013

A classic auteur film 1970 starring Jack Nicholson giving what could very well be his greatest performance, not only emotionally truthful, but even more so physically. He works an oil rig, plays the piano, ping pong and bowls all with great skill. Karen Black is believable in the 'dumb blonde' role which earned her an Oscar nomination. It's slow moving but beautifully filmed.

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dave66
Jul 30, 2013

Classic film from the early 70s which really captures the feeling of that era. Nicholson in his prime rejecting the social pressures of family and society. Like "Easy Rider", it is a story of an individual quest for freedom and the meaning of America. Love the ending.

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Monolith
Jul 22, 2012

Directed by Bob Rafelson of The Monkees mockumentary "Head", that he co-wrote with Nicholson two years earlier. There's nothing Hollywood about this movie, it feels like an indie. Perhaps that's why I'm so fond of it. Jack is terrific as the black sheep of his family, rejecting their cultured predestined pathways. Karen Black is excellent, as well, as his unsuited and undesigned ditzy eye-candy female companion. I nearly cracked a rib laughing so hard over hitchhiking "Debbie Downer" the 'crap-o-phobe'. Great flick. FIVE STARS.

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andrewstupple
Mar 01, 2012

my new favourite movie.

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Monolith
Jul 22, 2012

Rayette (of her Tammy Wynette album): "I'm gonna play it again." Bobby: "You play that thing one more time, I'm gonna melt it down into hairspray."

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Monolith
Jul 22, 2012

Palm Apodaca: "I had to leave this place because I got depressed seeing all the crap. And the thing is, they're making more crap, you know? They got so many stores and stuff and junk full of crap I can't believe it." Bobby: "Who?" Palm Apodaca: "Who? Man, that's who. Pretty soon there won't be any room for Man. They're selling more crap that people go and buy than you can imagine. Ickk. Crap. I believe everybody should have a big hole where they throw the stuff in and burn it." Rayette: "They'd never find a hole big enough! Never! Now take me, now, look at me. When I was just one person, before I was with Bobby, I was collecting onto me more garbage, every day, til I was gettin' to thinkin', that I should get a disposal!" Palm Apodaca: "Disposal? What's that but more crap - I've never seen such crap."

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Monolith
Jul 22, 2012

Bobby (seated in a restaurant with Rayette and the two female hitchhikers): "I'd like a, uh, plain omelet, uh, no potatoes, tomatoes instead, a cup of coffee, and wheat toast." Waitress (points at the menu): "No substitutions." Bobby: "Whattya mean, you don't have any tomatoes?" Waitress (curtly): "ONLY what's on the menu. You can have a #2, a plain omelet - it comes with cottage fries and rolls." Bobby: "Now, I know what it comes with, but it's not what I want." Waitress: "I'll come back when you make up your mind." (turns to leave) Bobby: "Wait a minute. I have made up my mind. I'd like a plain omelet - no potatoes on the plate. A cup of coffee and a side order of wheat toast." Waitress: "I'm sorry, we don't have any side orders of toast. English muffin, or a coffee roll." Bobby: "Whattya mean, you don't make side orders of toast? You make sandwiches, don't cha?" Waitress: "Would you like to talk to the manager?"

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Monolith
Jul 22, 2012

Bobby: "You've got bread. And a toaster of some kind?" Waitress: "I don't make the rules." Bobby: "Ok, I'll make it as easy for you as I can. 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." Waitress: "You see that sign, sir? Yes, you all have to leave. I'm not taking anymore of your smartness and sarcasm!" Bobby: "You see this sign?" (slams the table setting onto the floor)

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Monolith
Jul 22, 2012

Catherine: "...You're a strange person, Robert. I mean, what would it come to? If a person has no love for himself, no respect for himself, no love of his friends, family, work, SOMETHING - how can he ask for love in return? I mean, why should he ask for it?"

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Monolith
Jul 22, 2012

Bobby (finally talking with his paralyzed father, alone, outside): "...Are you cold? ...I don't know if you'd be... particularly interested in hearing anything about me. My life, I mean... Most of it doesn't add up to much that I could relate as a way of life that you'd approve of... I move around a lot... not because I'm, looking for anything really, but... 'cause I'm getting away from things that get bad if I stay... Auspicious beginnings, you know what I mean?... I'm trying to imagine your, your half of this conversation... My feeling is, I don't know... that uh, if you could talk, we wouldn't be talking... That's pretty much the way that it got to be before I left..."

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Monolith
Jul 22, 2012

Bobby (to his paralyzed father): "...Are you all right? I don't know what to say... (starts sobbing) Tita suggested that we try to... I don't know. I think that she... I think that she feels that we've got... some understanding to reach... She totally denies the fact that we were never that comfortable with one another to begin with... The best that I can do is apologize... We both know that I was never really that good at it, anyway... I'm sorry it didn't work out..."

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