The late 60s and early 70s are often called a "golden age" of cinema, and this film is one that still stands out from that time, even 40 years later. Five Easy Pieces focuses on the acting and on human relationships, and so everything stands or falls on the quality of the cast. Here, no-one puts a foot wrong. Jack Nicholson is superb as Bobby Dupea, a talented pianist, but who is drifting through life. Karen Black as his girlfriend Rayette, is also impressive to watch, and she has a good singing voice (later put to good use by Black in Nashville.)Even the supporting cast are memorable, such as Helena Kallianotes, who plays a crazed and agitated hitchhiker, and Lorna Thayer as a waitress, in a now-iconic scene. Also worth noting is the small role of Irene Dailey,who passed away recently. Superb. The film manages to keep an eye on the troubles and struggles of several of the characters throughout, while moving the plot along at a good pace. The soundtrack fits well, including piano pieces, and Tammy Wynette. Roadside diners, gas stations, the open road, and icy scenery all play a part here. One gets the feeling that every minute aspect of this film was carefully considered, and it shows in the top-quality end result. Extra features here are few, just cast filmographies.