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Five Easy Pieces

Rated R, 98 min. Directed by Bob Rafelson. Starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg, Susan Anspach, Sally Struthers, Ralph Waite, Lois Smith.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Tue., Aug. 22, 2000

This is one of those “original slacker” stories about a gifted pianist from the privileged classes who chooses to work on the oil rigs and slum through life as an average joe. Five Easy Pieces is also the film that contains Nicholson’s oft-repeated chicken-salad speech in the diner.

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