Five Easy Pieces script
Synopsis: Rejecting his cultured upper-class background as a classical pianist, Robert Dupea (Jack Nicholson) opts for a blue-collar existence, working in a California oil field and spending time with his waitress girlfriend, Rayette (Karen Black). But when Robert discovers that his father is gravely ill, he wants to reunite with his estranged family in the state of Washington. He and Rayette take a road trip that brings the two paths of his life to an uncomfortable intersection.

TITLE SEQUENCE:

The Bach-Vivaldi A-Minor Concerto for Four Pianos

PLAYS OVER a series of family album photographs.

Written in careful penmanship beneath each are

names identifying family members:

1ST PHOTO:
A man stands in front of the raised

sounding board of a piano, playing the viola.

Seated on the piano bench, accompanying him, is a

woman in a maternity dress:

"Isabelle and Nicholas"

2ND PHOTO:
A boy of 11, wearing conductor's tails

and holding a raised baton in his right hand as if

about to gesture a downbeat:

"Herbert Kreutzer Dupea"

3RD PHOTO:
Another boy of approximately 9, in the

act of playing the violin:

"Carl Fidelio Dupea"

4TH PHOTO:
The two boys are now poised behind the

piano. Seated on its bench is a girl of 6, her

hands resting on the keyboard. Written beneath:

"Elizabeth Partita Dupea"

5TH PHOTO:
The above family group, seated on the

porch of the Dupea home. All eyes but Isabelle's

are faced toward the camera. She beams upon a 3

year-old asleep in her arms, his head resting

against her bosom. His figure is encircled by the

pen's marking and preceding his name is the

configuration of a small heart:

"Robert Eroica Dupea"

INT. MUSIC ROOM - DUPEA HOME - DAY

BACH-VIVALDI OVER:

A 7-year-old BOBBY sits in a chair, his feet

dangling in absent-minded rhythm to a chamber piece

played by his father, his two brothers and his

sister.

CLOSE ON a metronome, marking a slow etude rhythm.

The CAMERA MOVES from it to Bobby, on the piano

bench beside his mother. As she patiently

demonstrates the etude for him, he places a thumb

in his mouth and leans against her arm.

ON THE METRONOME at an andante rhythm. CARL and

TITA, now in their teens, are seated side by side

on the piano bench, playing four-hands with

dazzling virtuosity.

The CAMERA MOVES from them to a framed newspaper

article on the music-room wall. Below a photograph

of a 20-year-old young man are the words: "Herbert

Kreutzer Dupea - Seattle's Youngest Guest

Conductor."

INT. RECITAL HALL GREEN ROOM - NIGHT

BACH-VIVALDI OVER:

Bobby, at 10, wearing a dress suit. His mother

combs his hair with maternal concentration.

CLOSE-UP of a program announcing a Dupea family

recital. The CAMERA SCANS down the bill, over:

Sonata in C Major for Two Violins - Bach - Played

by Nicholas and Carl Dupea.

Like As a Lovelorn Turtle - Hendel - Sung by

Isabelle Dupea.

Rondo Alla Turca - Mozart - Played by Elizabeth

Dupea.

Piano Sonata, Opus 110 - Beethoven - Played by

Herbart Dupea.

The CAMERA COMES to rest on:

Five Easy Pieces - Grebner - Played by Robert

Dupea.

INT. MORTUARY CHAPEL - DAY

Five Easy Pieces, played haltingly OVER the torsos

of a line of people moving slowly down the chapel

aisle.

ANOTHER ANGLE:

shows a solemn procession of the above, filing by

an open casket holding Isabelle Dupea.

ON THE FAMILY PEW

The CAMERA PANS from NICHOLAS, seated on the aisle,

to the four adult children seated next to him and

COMES TO REST on Bobby. His gaze is cast down to

his lap, as he refuses to look at:

The pale profile of his mother's face resting

within the satin folds of the casket lining, and...

... as the last of the "family friends" pay their

respect:
Nicholas steps out into the aisle and,

followed by Tita, Carl and HERBERT, moves down

toward the casket.

Bobby rises from his seat and makes his way toward

the aisle, where he hesitates briefly, then turns

and walks up the aisle and out the chapel doors.

TITLES END:

EXT. SIGNAL HILL OIL FIELD - DAY

TAMMY WYNETTE'S "STAND BY YOUR MAN" OVER:

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