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Five Easy Pieces (1970)

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A dropout from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.


  • Jack Nicholson
  • Karen Black
  • Billy Green Bush
  • Fannie Flagg
  • Sally Struthers
  • Marlena MacGuire
  • Richard Stahl
  • Lois Smith
  • Helena Kallianiotes
  • Toni Basil

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A masterpiece of heartbreaking intensity.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What is more striking about the film is that its secondary characters are also real. The acting appears to be non-acting. . . . Karen Black is a letter-perfect Rayette, and Lois Smith, as Robert's sister, gives the most sensitive small performance in the film. (Jack) Nicholson makes it all go. He proves he is more than a character actor with many scenes, especially the confrontation with his father.

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune