Nicholson's Bobby is one of the great cads of American cinema, a restless wreck who belongs nowhere, a man with contempt for both the bourgeois privilege he jumps away from and the working class awaiting him at the bottom. Far more than Easy Rider, it deserves the tagline about a man looking for America and not finding it anywhere. And in the monolog to his father, we see the first triumph of Jack as a great actor.
i don't know anything about movies, but the sound mixing was off. things that should have been in the background were too much in the foreground... beautiful movie though! and great screenplay! although i feel the writer only made sense of who the characters were towards the very end.. it made for a pleasurable viewing experience nonetheless.
A landmark in postmodern Hollywood cinema. A remarkably solid, well paced and excellently observed classic, adroitly capturing a slice of the full spectrum of a socially and culturally chaotic America in the 60's. Fascinatingly perceptive analysis of an array of different interwoven lives in all their unlikely interconnecting spheres. Nicholson is terrific in his most complex and layered performance.
Jack Nicholson at his absolute best - If only we could preserve him forever in those peak years! As Bobby Dupea he captures the futility of rebellion & impossibility of trying to escape the shadows of the past. The diner scene will always be iconic but it's a film filled with superb performances and moments - that piano playing on the highway is magical. Five Easy Pieces is a fine advert for the New Hollywood era.
I'm shocked by all the reviews that depict Nicholson's character as some kind of counter-cultural rebel. If anything, this is a film about the emptiness of rebellion, and the worth of all the things that Nicholson rejects, however stifling and absurd they may sometimes be. Jack Nicholson's character is one of cinema's all-time biggest assholes, and his treatment of women is enough to turn anyone into a feminist.