Five Easy Pieces
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 film written by Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce) and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. It tells the story of Bobby Dupea (played by Jack Nicholson), a former piano prodigy who is estranged from his artistic upper middle class family. In the opening of the film, the character is working as an oil rigger. When his father becomes ill, he goes home to visit his family, taking his diner waitress girlfriend with him. It stars Jack Nicholson and Karen Black and was filmed by László Kovács.
A title sequence as written in the screenplay showed earlier scenes in the Dupea family's life, including 10-year-old Bobby's recital program music: (the apparently fictitious) Grebner's "Five Easy Pieces". However, the sequence was not used, and the film titles open instead with the adult Bobby at the oil rigs.