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Five Easy Pieces 1970

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Shout by Redouane
2014-01-12T23:55:26Z— updated 2016-06-24T10:48:39Z

― I'd like an omelet, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.
― A #2, chicken salad sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce, the mayonnaise, and a cup of coffee. Anything else?
― Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.
― You want me to hold the chicken, huh?
― I want you to hold it between your knees.

Classic

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A child prodigy-turned-blue-collar-laborer returns to his family home to visit his dying father. This experience doesn't improve him. He doesn't become "rehabilitated". The movie ends with him changed, but just as much of a burn out as he was before. That's the point.

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Excellent studies in character development from the perspective of early 70s filmmaking. Nicholson gives a nuanced performance as half mad man, half genius. This one will probably go over the heads of those with flat expectations from years of bad watching habits. To get it you need to understand what makes a classic movie great. When Nicholsons character reacts to a traffic jam by storming out of the car and onto a truck with a piano, playing it as it exits the highway, you get a taste of the style here

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Sigh.
I really don't get the point of this film and its whiney man-baby protagonist who remains unchanged throughout the film. I mean everyone plays their roles very well, and its well shot. But why would anyone be interested in making this man's story?

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