Five Easy Pieces
DIRECTOR: BOB RAFELSON
CAST: JACK NICHOLSON, KAREN BLACK, LOIS SMITH, BILLY GREEN BUSH, FANNIE FLAGG
A masterful character study from Rafelson and screenwriter Carole Eastman, Five Easy Pieces introduces Jack Nicholson’s Bobby Dupea as a shit-kicking good-ol’-boy hand on the California oil fields, seemingly interested in nothing but booze, bowling, and balling with best gal Karen Black. But a call to come home to his ailing father reveals another side to Bobby, a onetime piano prodigy and part of a family of ultra-cultured upper-crust eccentrics shut up in the family compound on Washington State’s Puget Sound. The star-making role for Nicholson, whose subsequent decade was as good as any actor has ever had.