Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture Richard Dreyfuss, riding high on the success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Goodbye Girl (for which he won an Oscar), produced and starred in this quirky 1978 comedy-thriller, adapted from Roger L Simon's cult novel. Playing Moses Wine, sixties' radical-turned-private eye, Dreyfuss is ably supported by a wealth of soon-to-be-famous co-stars, including Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow and F Murray Abraham. Special Features High Definition remaster Original mono audio Audio commentary with Little White Lies editor David Jenkins (2021) New interview with director Jeremy Paul Kagan (2021) New interview with novelist and screenwriter Roger L Simon (2021) Original theatrical trailer TV spot Image gallery: promotional and publicity material New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Will Harris, archival articles and interviews, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray Limited edition of 3,000 copies
Neurotic New York film critic Allan Felix (Woody Allen) has just broken up with his wife Nancy (Susan Anspach) causing him to spiral into a deep depression and look for solace in the classic movies that he loves particularly the romantic saga 'Casablanca'. Allan begins to have conversations with the fantasy ghost of the film idol Humphrey Bogart (Jerry Lacy) who gives him advice on romance and masculinity. Allan's married friends Linda and Dick (Diane Keaton Tony Roberts)
This subtle, existential character study of an emotionally distant outcast (Nicholson) forced to confront his past failures remains an intimate cornerstone of American cinema of the 1970s. Written and directed with remarkable restraint by Bob Rafelson, the film is the result of a short-lived partnership between the filmmaker and Nicholson--the first was the zany formalist exercise, Head, while the equally impressive King of Marvin Gardens followed Five Easy Pieces. Quiet and full of long, controlled takes, this film draws its strength from the acutely detailed, non-judgemental observations of its complex protagonist, Robert Dupea--an extremely crass and frustrated oil worker and failed child pianist hiding from his past in Texas. Dupea spends his life drinking beer and sleeping with (and cheating on) his annoying but adoring Tammy Wynette-wannabe girlfriend, but when he learns that his father is dying in Washington State, he leaves. After the film transforms into a spirited road movie, and arrives at the eccentric upper-class Dupea family mansion, it becomes apparent that leaving is what Dupea does best--from his problems, fears and those who love him. Nicholson gives a difficult yet masterful performance in an unlikeable role, one that's full of ambiguity and requires violent shifts in acting style. Several sequences--such as his stopping traffic to play piano, or his famous verbal duels with a cranky waitress over a chicken-salad sandwich--are Nicholson landmarks. Yet, it's the quieter moments, when Dupea tries miserably to communicate and reconcile with his dying father, where the actor shows his real talent--and by extension, shows us the wounded little boy that lurks in the shell of the man Dupea has become. --Dave McCoy, Amazon.com
Following JACK NICHOLSON's breakout supporting turn in Easy Rider, director BOB RAFELSON (The King of Marvin Gardens) devised a powerful leading role for the new star in the searing character study Five Easy Pieces. Nicholson plays the now iconic cad Bobby Dupea, a shiftless thirtysomething oil rigger and former piano prodigy immune to any sense of responsibility, who returns to his upper-middle-class childhood home, blue-collar girlfriend (Nashville's KAREN BLACK, in an Oscar-nominated role) in tow, to see his estranged ailing father. Moving in its simplicity and gritty in its textures, Five Easy Pieces is a lasting example of early 1970s American alienation. SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography LÃ¡szlÃ³ KovÃ¡cs, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack Audio commentary featuring director Bob Rafelson and interior designer Toby Rafelson Soul Searching in Five Easy Pieces, a 2009 video piece with Rafelson BBStory, a 2009 documentary about the legendary film company BBS Productions, with Rafelson; actors Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, and Ellen Burstyn; directors Peter Bogdanovich and Henry Jaglom; and others Documentary from 2009 about BBS featuring critic David Thomson and historian Douglas Brinkley Audio excerpts from a 1976 AFI interview with Rafelson Theatrical trailer and teasers PLUS: An essay by critic Kent Jones
After stepping into the path of an oncoming bus the deceased Max Devlin strikes a bargain with the devil. Max will be restored to life providing he can convince three innocent people to sell their souls to the devil within two months. His targets have other ideas however in this devilishly comic fantasy featuring Marvin Hamlisch's music.
Mike Andropolis is a failure law school drop-out and jack-of-all-trades about to lose his house and family. In desperation he decides to train for the Olympic Marathon in a last ditch attempt at winning back his family and his self-respect...
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