FIVE EASY PIECES
1970, Sony Repertory, 96 min, USA, Dir: Bob Rafelson

This hard-hitting, brilliantly sarcastic drama follows Bakersfield oil rig worker Jack Nicholson on the run from his former life as a concert pianist (!), with country waitress girlfriend (and Tammy Wynette fan) Karen Black in tow. He returns to visit his Washington island home after his father has a stroke, and things come to a head when he seduces the fiancee (Susan Anspach) of his better-than-thou brother (Ralph Waite). One of the defining films of the New Hollywood, stunningly directed by Bob Rafelson and written by Carole Eastman (under the name Adrien Joyce). Co-starring the great Billy Green Bush as Nicholson’s hapless, redneck friend and Fannie Flagg as Bush’s loyal spouse. "…a masterpiece of heartbreaking intensity." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


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