No actor defined the restless, countercultural spirit of the New Hollywood of the 1970s more completely than Jack Nicholson, whose roguish attitude and explosive yet nuanced performances made him the perfect star for an era when American filmmakers were breaking boundaries in pursuit of uncompromising personal expression. Nicholson began the decade with his iconic turn in Bob Rafelson’s existential road-movie classic FIVE EASY PIECES, turning a testy, diner-set exchange about toast into an instant pop-culture touchstone and receiving the first of his many Oscar nominations. He went on to dominate the rest of the seventies with a string of virtuoso performances, including his turns as a melancholic radio DJ in the haunting broken-dreams drama THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS and as a foul-mouthed sailor in Hal Ashby’s uproariously rude and crude buddy comedy THE LAST DETAIL.
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 ...
Directed by Hal Ashby • 1973 • United States
Starring Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young
Jack Nicholson is at his very best in this acclaimed tragicomedy written by Robert Towne and directed by Hal Ashby. Two hard-boiled Navy petty officers, Buddusky (Nicholson) and Mulhall (Otis Young), ar...