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Five Easy Pieces

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Five Easy Pieces

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
98 minutes
performer:
Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Sally Struthers
director:
Bob Rafelson
distributor:
RCA/Columbia Home Video
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

In Five Easy Pieces, Jack Nicholson is the drifting scion of a cultured West Coast family who has traded his musical gift (the title refers to piano exercises) for sleeping around, heavy drinking, and blue-collar bravado. In Bob Rafelson’s polished and observant (but rather cold) film, the character’s aimlessness and rebellion reflected America’s mood at the time. Karen Black is memorable as Nicholson’s waitress-girlfriend, Rayette, and so is Helena Kallionotes as a lesbian hitchhiker who delievers a scathing tirade on the filth of urban living. B

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