My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Five Easy Pieces


(out of 5)

The finest performance of ‘s career. He plays a pianist who was once a prodigy but now roams the country doing odd jobs as a manual labourer. The film’s opening finds him working southern oil fields, stringing along his simple-minded girlfriend () and hanging out with his friends until an urgent call from his family brings him back home. His father is dying and now wants his whole family to be near him before he goes, forcing Nicholson to confront both the relatives and the successful career he once left behind.   has a marvelous supporting role as Nicholson’s equally talented sister who has made a career out of her music, and  stars as a woman who could possibly be a positive new path for our anti-hero to take. The diner scene where Nicholson flips out at a curt waitress is now movie history, though this film has much more worth remembering than just that: its incisive portrait of youth wasted in folly is pristine, some of the best internal angst ever displayed on the screen. The film furthered Nicholson’s ever-brightening film career, though for co-star Black and director Bob Rafelson this remains the most memorable highlight of theirs.

BBS Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Five Easy Pieces Productions, Raybert Productions

USA, 1970

Directed by

Story by Bob Rafelson, , Screenplay by Carole Eastman

Cinematography by

Produced by Bob Rafelson,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1970

Golden Globe Awards 1970

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