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Five Easy Pieces

Five Easy Pieces

Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 American drama film directed by Bob Rafelson, written by Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce) and Rafelson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Lois Smith, and Ralph Waite. The film tells the story of surly oil rig worker Bobby Dupea, whose rootless blue-collar existence belies his privileged youth as a piano prodigy. When Bobby learns that his father is dying, he travels to his family home in Washington to visit him, taking along his uncouth girlfriend.

Plot

Bobby Dupea works in an oil field in Kern County, California. He spends most of his time with his girlfriend Rayette, a waitress who has dreams of singing country music, or with his friend, fellow oil worker Elton, with whom he bowls, gets drunk, and philanders. While Bobby acts the part of a blue-collar laborer, he is secretly a former classical pianist who comes from an upper-class family of musicians.

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    award Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Film Registry National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film
    contentLocation California Washington
    director Bob Rafelson
    editor Christopher Holmes Gerald Shepard
    genre drama social
    keywords arrest awkward situation consumerism country music drive engage estrange family friend family home los angeles male nurse oil field old man pick up puget sound record sing strand wash
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Director Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
    producer Bob Rafelson Richard Wechsler
    productionCompany BBS Productions
    publisher Columbia Pictures
    recordedAt British Columbia California
    theme road movie