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Five Easy Pieces (Sous-titres français) [Import]

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg, Sally Struthers
  • Directors: Bob Rafelson
  • Writers: Bob Rafelson, Carole Eastman
  • Producers: Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, Harold Schneider, Richard Wechsler
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 28 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00002VWE0
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In an Academy Award(r)-nominated performance for Best Actor (1970), Jack Nicholson is outstanding in FIVE EASY PIECES, the acclaimed drama from director Bob Rafelson. Although a brilliant, classical pianist from an intellectual, well-to-do family, Robert Dupea (Nicholson), has made a career out of running from job to job and woman to woman. Presently working in an oil field, Dupea spends most of his free time downing beers, playing poker and being noncommittal with his sexy but witless girlfriendRayette (Karen Black). But when he is summoned to his father's deathbed, Dupea returns home with Rayette, where he meets and falls for a sophisticated woman (Susan Anspach). Now caught between his conflicting lifestyles, the gifted but troubled Dupea must face issues that will change his life forever. Deceptively simple, but one of the most complex and interesting films of its time, FIVE EASY PIECES garnered a 1970 Academy Award(r) nomination for Best Picture with Black receiving the 1970 New Y

This subtle, existential character study of an emotionally distant outcast (Nicholson) forced to confront his past failures remains an intimate cornerstone of American '70s cinema. Written and directed with remarkable restraint by Bob Rafelson, the film is the result of a short-lived partnership between the filmmaker and Nicholson--the first was the zany formalist exercise, Head, while the equally impressive King of Marvin Gardens followed Five Easy Pieces. Quiet and full of long, controlled takes, this film draws its strength from the acutely detailed, nonjudgmental observations of its complex protagonist, Robert Dupea--an extremely crass and frustrated oil worker, and failed child pianist hiding from his past in Texas. Dupea spends his life drinking beer and sleeping with (and cheating on) his annoying but adoring Tammy Wynette-wannabe girlfriend, but when he learns that his father is dying in Washington State, he leaves. After the film transforms into a spirited road movie, and arrives at the eccentric upper-class Dupea family mansion, it becomes apparent that leaving is what Dupea does best--from his problems, fears, and those who love him. Nicholson gives a difficult yet masterful performance in an unlikable role, one that's full of ambiguity and requires violent shifts in acting style. Several sequences--such as his stopping traffic to play piano, or his famous verbal duels with a cranky waitress over a chicken-salad sandwich--are Nicholson landmarks. Yet, it's the quieter moments, when Dupea tries miserably to communicate and reconcile with his dying father, where the actor shows his real talent--and by extension, shows us the wounded little boy that lurks in the shell of the man Dupea has become. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This film provided one of the first demonstrations of the sheer emotional power of Jack Nicholson as a force of nature, a power unlikely to veer course based on the actions of other human beings. Given this, this part of estranged classic pianist Bobby Dupea is a tour de force, an examination of just how difficult and angst-filled attempting to live a life of meaning in the time frame of the turbulent 1960s can be. Dupea is estranged not only from his high-brow family of cultured and well-placed affluent musicians living along the Pacific coast in the Northwest, but is estranged from everything he personally found so unacceptable about almost every element of his existence.
When the film opens Nicholson's character is working as a laborer in a southwestern dustbowl, scratching together a trailer-trash existence together with his hapless and emotionally challenged girlfriend, played to perfection by Karen Black. One immediately recognizes the level of inner-directed anger and consequent fits of uncontrollable rage that Bobby has to deal with, and despite all his attempts to simply ignore and block out the inner demons that drive him to distraction, he is losing the battle to wall out the noise coming from inside his head. His girlfriend is pregnant, ready to get serious and settle down, and the idea of such smarmy normality fills Bobby with undisguised disgust. As their relationship spins toward its inevitable unhappy conclusion, Bobby gets a cryptic emergency message to return home. His father appears to be dying.
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In a story of two worlds and what happens when they collide, Jack Nicholson gives a performance that should have won an Academy Award. As Bobby Dupea, Nicholson abandons his privilaged life for that of an aimless drifter- something he will eventually apologize for. He goes from being a talented musician to working as an oil rigger but a family illness will bring him back to his affluent roots and it is here that he must decide the course the rest of his life will take. And while all the perfomances are excellent, it is Nicholson that keeps us spellbound. In a long career, he has played many facinating characters but in my humble opinion, it is as the wasted talent Bobby Dupea that Nicholson shines the brightest.
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Five Easy Pieces starts with the symptoms of an undefined disease. Robert Dupea (Jack Nicholson), a narcissist, works on an oilrig with his friend, of sorts, Elton (Billy Green Bush). When he is not fighting off the smothering of his all too loving, but essentially witless girlfriend Rayette, he hangs out with Elton and his wife at the bowling alley. All the while exhibiting a bizarre moodiness, and extreme distaste at the apathy of these humble blue-collar people. But Five Easy Pieces is not a film about an arrogant elitist, it is a great character study of man who can not, or will not, fit anywhere. We learn that he was once a promising pianist, but gave that for reasons he never explains. A lesser film would have tried to explain why he had left the world of music, or why he had left his well to do family. That same lesser film, tens if not hundreds fit this description, would have pinned it down to childhood abuse or trauma or both. Five Easy Pieces never tries to explain the disease, instead it examines how a man tries to deal with the symptoms.
The early scenes in that parochial town have a snug appeal, but the more Robert is subjected to Rayette the more suffocated he feels. My guess is, he started dating her as a matter of sexual convenience, and inconveniently for him, she turned out to be a person. Without the heart, or perhaps avoiding the vexation leaving her would bring, he stays in this clearly incompatible relationship. And he treats her cruelly. Clearly something must happen, this is the time that he would usually leave to look for that new "auspicious beginning". Two things prevent him from doing so: 1) His girlfriend is pregnant. 2) His father is dying, and he must go up to Washington to see him.
On the road is where the film really comes alive.
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This movie reminds me of the book "Catcher in the Rye", which I also despise. As some of the other reviewers have stated, this movie is a "character study". It's a character study of a loudmouthed, belligerent, bullying lout. If you believe that going through life as a belligerent, bullying lout makes you a fascinating and sympathetic person, then you will like this video. Supposedly the Nicholson character is a terribly sensitive, intellectual and artistic person who is out of step with this cruel and insensitive world. Well OF COURSE he's out of step: he treats everyone else like dirt, and in return receives the respect and consideration he deserves. One particular scene in the movie has become legendary, and it's typical of the entire film. It's a scene of Nicholson's vicious verbal assault on a waitress who can't serve him a piece of toast because toast is not on the menu. I'm sure that thousands of waitresses just loved that scene, reminding them of some of the worst and rudest slobs they have to deal with every day. There's nothing wrong with a world which excludes punks like the Nicholson character, and there's nothing wrong with a viewer who dislikes this movie.
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