Five Easy Pieces  

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"In 1968, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Bob Rafelson and Henry Jaglom made Easy Rider, the most successful cult film of all time. It was such a success that it probably isn’t a cult film at all, but a mainstream movie. It made a lot of money, and as you know, money signifies quality. Money also conveys power. As a result of making such a successful film, all five guys were given more money to direct more films. Hopper went off to Peru and made The Last Movie, Nicholson directed Drive, He Said, Henry Jaglom made A Safe Place, Bob Rafelson made Five Easy Pieces, and Peter Fonda made a western called The Hired Hand."-- Moviedrome by Alex Cox

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Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 film written by Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce) and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. It tells the story of Bobby Dupea (played by Jack Nicholson), a former piano prodigy who is estranged from his artistic upper middle class family. In the opening of the film, the character is working as an oil rigger. When his father becomes ill, he goes home to visit his family, taking his diner waitress girlfriend with him. It stars Jack Nicholson and Karen Black and was filmed by László Kovács.

A title sequence as written in the screenplay showed earlier scenes in the Dupea family's life, including 10-year-old Bobby's recital program music: (the apparently fictitious) Grebner's "Five Easy Pieces". However, the sequence was not used, and the film titles open instead with the adult Bobby at the oil rigs.

The soundtrack employed five songs by Tammy Wynette, including "Stand By Your Man."

In 2000 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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