Five Easy Pieces

Five Easy Pieces
Five Easy Pieces
  • R
  • 1h 38m
  • 1970
Certified Fresh88%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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In an Academy Award®-nominated performance for Best Actor (1970), Jack Nicholson is outstanding in Five Easy Pieces, the acclaimed drama from director Bob Rafelson. Although a brilliant, classical pianist from an intellectual, well-to-do family, Robert Dupea (Nicholson), has made a career out of running from job to job and woman to woman. Presently working in an oil field, Dupea spends most of his free time downing beers, playing poker and being noncommittal with his sexy but witless girlfriend Rayette (Karen Black). But when he is summoned to his father's deathbed, Dupea returns home with Rayette, where he meets and falls for a sophisticated woman (Susan Anspach). Now caught between his conflicting lifestyles, the gifted but troubled Dupea must face issues that will change his life forever. Deceptively simple, but one of the most complex and interesting films of its time, Five Easy Pieces garnered a 1970 Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture with Black receiving the 1970 New York Film Critics award (Best Supporting Actress) for her excellent performance.
© 1970 , renewed 1998 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh88%
Critics Consensus: An important touchstone of the New Hollywood era, Five Easy Pieces is a haunting portrait of alienation that features one of Jack Nicholson's greatest performances.
Reviews
New Yorker
Michael Sragow
Fresh

The flaws of this acutely self-conscious 1970 road picture grow more obvious with every passing ye...

June 25, 2017
New Yorker
David Denby
Rotten

The movie has more anger than it knows what to do with; that's its fascination and its weakness, t...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Tribune
Gene Siskel
Fresh

Nicholson makes it all go. He proves he is more than a "character actor" with many scenes, especia...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Gritty '70s drama about alienation has sex, cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Five Easy Pieces is director Bob Rafelson's influential 1970 exploration of alienation that pits upper-middle class refinement against blue-collar authenticity as if the two were on opposite sides of a morality scale. The movie is frankly sexual as the protagonist is a predatory and smarmy womanizer with no scruples or loyalties, who tends to justify his amorality and selfishness by accusing others of pretentiousness and dishonesty. Breasts are briefly seen during a sex scene. Adults smoke cigarettes and drink, sometimes to excess. Bobby pushes himself on his brother's girlfriend even though she'd told him she is not interested. She changes her mind when he kisses her and they have sex. It's likely that only older and more mature teens will be interested. Cursing includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--ksucker," etc.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 12, 1970
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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