Five Easy Pieces – Bob Rafelson (1970)


Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 American drama film written by Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce) and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. The film stars Jack Nicholson, with Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite, and Sally Struthers in supporting roles. The film tells the story of a surly oil rig worker, Bobby Dupea, whose seemingly rootless, blue-collar existence belies his privileged youth as a piano prodigy. When Bobby learns that his father is dying, he goes home to see him, bringing along his pregnant girlfriend, Rayette (Black), a waitress. … Most of Bobby’s time is spent with his waitress girlfriend, Rayette, who has dreams of singing country music, or in the company of Elton, with whom he bowls, gets drunk, and has sex with other women. Bobby has evidently not told Elton that he is a former classical pianist who comes from an eccentric family of musicians. … Reaching his destination, Bobby, embarrassed by Rayette’s lack of polish, registers her in a motel before proceeding to his family home on an island in Puget Sound. …The chicken salad sandwich scene. A famous scene from the film takes place in a roadside restaurant where Bobby tries to get a waitress to bring him a side order of toast with his breakfast. The waitress refuses, stating that toast is not offered as a side item, despite the diner’s offering a chicken salad sandwich on toast. Bobby appeals to both logic and common sense, but the waitress adamantly refuses to break with the restaurant’s policy of only giving customers what is printed in the menu. Ultimately, Bobby orders both his breakfast and the chicken salad sandwich on toast, telling the waitress to bring the sandwich to him without mayonnaise, butter, lettuce, or chicken, culminating in Bobby’s responding to the waitress’ incredulity at his order to ‘hold the chicken’ with ‘hold it between your knees!’ The waitress then indignantly orders them to leave, and Nicholson knocks the glasses of water off the table with a sweep of his arm. …”
Wikiedia
Bob Rafelson’s ‘Five Easy Pieces’ is the quintessential film of the so-called American New Wave (Video)
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Roger Ebert
One for the road: Bob Rafelson and ‘Five Easy Pieces’
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TCM: Five Easy Pieces — (Movie Clip) Open, Stand By Your Man
YouTube: Trailer – (1970), Hold the Chicken

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