SCREEN GEM: Five Easy Pieces (1970)
”Five Easy Pieces” is a past gem from Oscar nominee Jack Nicholson
COSTARS Karen Black, Sally Struthers
PREMISE Bobby Dupea (Nicholson) rebels against parental authority, abandoning his future as a concert pianist to work in an oil field. This is the film with the famous chicken-salad-sandwich scene: ”Hold it between your kneeeees,” Jack utters to a diner waitress who won’t let him order plain toast.
FUN FACT The title refers to a piano music instruction book.
WHY IT’S GREAT ”Pieces” continues Nicholson’s tradition — from ”Easy Rider” to ”About Schmidt” — of classic road trip films, but it’s here that he really hones his signature persona: rebellious, subversive, ornery, volatile, unsatisfied, and perversely charming.