Five Easy Pieces (1970) is a classic, being nominated for 4 Oscar’s, the film boasts many memorable scenes. One being the traffic jam just after Robert (Nicholson) and Elton (Billy Green) are fired from the oil rig. Robert cannot contain himself any longer and departs his car and walks down the aisle of cars. He eventually gets onto the truck (above) to look how far the jam stretches, he then finds a piano under a sheet. After folding it over, he sits down and plays Chopin’s ‘Fantaisie’ in F as the truck starts to pull off and comically drives towards the turn off whilst Elton can only panic and get into the vacant driving seat to follow.
During the scene where Billy and Frank are talking, Jack Nicholson felt that he wasn’t “intimidating” enough. Director Martin Scorsese reveals that the next day, Nicholson shocked everyone on set by deviating from the script and pulling out a weapon to frighten his co-star and provoke a genuine reaction. Scorsese says, “He pulled a gun on him. He didn’t tell me he had a gun. It was great… Leo’s reaction is real-time. I still get chills… It’s so real to me.” Of the incident, Dicaprio says, “It was one of the most memorable moments of my life, as far as being an actor is concerned.”
This is why film is magical
The Shining (1980) a film many hail as the best horror of all time, a claim I also agree with
Promotional shot for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975) - One of the best stories and transformations for a character ever.
Which one of you nuts got any guts?!
That comment is made by McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest (1975). The film is hailed by many as one the best films ever made, directed by Milos Forman (famous for Amadeus, Man on the Moon and more) is a film that focuses on McMurphy who has managed to get himself in a psychiatric ward instead of prison due to his laziness whilst trying to convey madness.
Throughout the film McMurphy tries to rebel against the system, the dictatorship that Nurse Ratchet has developed inside the ward that has forced many of it’s patients to accept the rules and sometimes harassment, is a world that McMurphy tries to get the patients to also neglect, and eventually they do.
It really is a film that will make you cry and laugh intensely, and with a rating on IMDB of 8.8 - statistic don’t lie. At the time the film was the first film in 41 years to have swept the major categories in the Oscars with Nicholson winning best actor, Louise Fletcher winning best supporting actress, Milos Forman winning best Director, Best Screenplay adapted from other material (novel) and Best Picture as well as being nominated for another 4 Oscars.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest really is a fantastic film to watch, if you haven’t already seen it; you know what to do!