Five Easy Pieces

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmFive Easy Pieces

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DirectorBob Rafelson
WritersCarole Eastman, Bob Rafelson
Running Time1HR 38MINS
SeasonCinema Rediscovered on Tour

Jack Nicholson plays a shiftless thirtysomething oil rigger and former piano prodigy who returns to some kind of reckoning at his childhood home in Five Easy Pieces.

Rejecting his cultured upper-class background as a classical pianist, Robert Dupea (Nicholson) opts for a blue-collar existence, working in a California oil field and spending time with his waitress girlfriend, Rayette (Karen Black). But when Robert discovers that his father is gravely ill, he wants to reunite with his estranged family in the state of Washington. He and Rayette take a road trip that brings the two paths of his life to an uncomfortable intersection.

Presented as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project with support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery and MUBI.

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