Five Easy Pieces

Five Easy Pieces

Directed by Bob Rafelson • 1970 • United States
Starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black

Following Jack Nicholson’s breakout supporting turn in EASY RIDER, director Bob Rafelson devised a powerful leading role for the new star in the searing character study FIVE EASY PIECES. Nicholson plays the now iconic cad Bobby Dupea, a shiftless thirtysomething oil rigger and former piano prodigy immune to any sense of responsibility, who returns to his upper-middle-class childhood home, blue-collar girlfriend (Karen Black, in an Oscar-nominated role) in tow, to see his estranged, ailing father. Moving in its simplicity and gritty in its textures, FIVE EASY PIECES is a lasting example of early 1970s American alienation.

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Five Easy Pieces
  • Five Easy Pieces

    Directed by Bob Rafelson • 1970 • United States
    Starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black

    Following Jack Nicholson’s breakout supporting turn in EASY RIDER, director Bob Rafelson devised a powerful leading role for the new star in the searing character study FIVE EASY PIECES. Nicholson plays the now ...

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  • FIVE EASY PIECES Commentary

    This commentary features FIVE EASY PIECES director Bob Rafelson and interior designer Toby Rafelson.

  • Soul Searching in FIVE EASY PIECES

    This 2009 program features director Bob Rafelson and actor Jack Nicholson discussing the writing and development of FIVE EASY PIECES.

  • BBS: A Time for Change

    This program from 2010, about FIVE EASY PIECES director Bob Rafelson, producer Bert Schneider, and manager Steve Blauner’s legendary movie company BBS Productions, features critic David Thomson and historian Douglas Brinkley.

  • BBStory

    This 2009 documentary features directors Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich, and Henry Jaglom; actor-director Jack Nicholson; and actors Karen Black and Ellen Burstyn; among others, reminiscing about the making of the groundbreaking films of BBS Productions, including FIVE EASY PIECES.

  • Bob Rafelson at AFI

    On May 19, 1976, as part of the Harold Lloyd Master Seminar series, the American Film Institute held a discussion featuring FIVE EASY PIECES director Bob Rafelson. In the following excerpts from an audio recording of that conversation, Rafelson talks about his career, his creative process, and th...

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