Five Easy Pieces + Introduction by James Franco
Nominated for the Best Picture, Screenplay and Actor Academy Awards in 1970, this freewheeling US road movie provides a moving, sensitive character study of aimless drifer Robert Dupea - Jack Nicholson’s first major lead, a role which launched him into the major league of prestige Hollywood actors. Dupea, a once promising child prodigy pianist from a wealthy background, works in a Californian oilfield; his days spent working, his nights drinking, bowling and hanging out with his waitress girlfriend Rayette (Karen Black). But when his sister informs him that his father is gravely ill, Dupea sets out on a journey to his family home, Rayette in toe, and revisits a past and background he has long since turned his back on.
Freewheeling, frank and quietly moving, Five Easy Pieces is a modern American classic, specially chosen and introduced by our guest James Franco.
Dir Bob Rafelson. US, 1970. Runtime 98 mins. English.
Stars Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush.
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