Once again, I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Bob Rafelson’s widely praised 1970 character study Five Easy Pieces, readers will have to rely on his intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 27, 1989 (read here). While I may not adore Five Easy Pieces like Cox seemingly does, I still greatly admire it. Though undoubtedly dated in some ways, it remains fascinating thanks to it’s subject matter – the working class. As Cox implies at the end of his transcript, it also contains a memorable diner scene.
BTW, my two favorite Bob Rafelson films (and they are great one) are 1972’s The King of Marvin Gardens (also with Nicholson) and 1987’s Black Widow with Debra Winger and Theresa Russell, who ranks as one of my many favorite actresses.
Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer
Also, here is a youtube video link to the film’s memorable diner scene
14 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Five Easy Pieces (1970)”
I’m with you on ‘Black Widow’. Rarely have two actresses been paired so perfectly in a modern drama.
I remember Five Easy Pieces very well. I always had an issue with Karen Black.
Her ‘strange eyes’ stopped me enjoying most of her performances.
Best wishes, Pete.
“Hold the chicken between your knees. . .” What a great script and film!
There were a lot of great American films made in this period and Five Easy Pieces is one of them. I do like Black Widow too.
Five Easy Pieces is one of films I think I seen but so long ago I might be making it up LOL. I certainly can’t remember it, so obviously I need to watch it. It’s been on my list for quite sometime. I will get to it.
Thanks for the little nudge to Black Widow. I don’t know that, sounds like a good thriller. Cheers
As you have probably guessed concerning Black Widow, I am a huge fan of Theresa Russell – she is both gorgeous and talented 🙂 I have had a crush on her ever since I first started watching her films 🙂
As for Five Easy Pieces, it is a very good film, though I will have to politely disagree with you on Karen Black – I think she is a very interesting actress.
Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
Memorable scene indeed 🙂 Okay, so Five Easy Pieces may have aged a bit, but it still is a film that I am intrigued by, which might explain why me and you, not to mention those who adore (as opposed to admire like I do) never tire of watching it. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
“There were a lot of great American films made in this period and Five Easy Pieces is one of them. I do like Black Widow too.”
I think you meant to say “I love Black Widow too.” 🙂 As I told Pete above, I always had a crush on Theresa Russell 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
Yeah, check out Five Easy Pieces – it may have dated a bit, but it is still a film I never get tired of watching.
Also, please check out Black Widow because it is a great one 🙂 One (of many) reasons I love it so much is because Theresa Russell stars in it and I am a huge fan of hers 🙂 She is such a simultaneously beautiful and talented actress 🙂 I never tire of saying (in fact, I said this to Pete above) that I have had a crush on her ever since I started watching her films 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
Thanks John. I think it’s just a great script and another compelling and anti-heroic performance by Jack Nicholson. I haven’t seen it for a while but certainly recall seeing it on Moviedrome all those years ago.
I believe I’ve really only know her from Straight Time with Hoffman. Though I have just noticed a Nicolas Roeg movie called Bad Timing with Art Garfunkel and her that sounds like a good film. Looking forward to checking Black Widow when I can.
Please check out Bad Timing Wolfie, I guarantee you will love it and Theresa Russell is gorgeous and great as usual 🙂
I like Five Easy Pieces. I get it. It meets all the criterion of a great film. And I know that. But subjectively, I don’t like that much. But that’s me.
As you can guess from above, I admire Five Easy Pieces more than I actually adore it. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂