Having landed an Oscar nom for Easy Rider, Jack Nicholson promptly bagged another for his performance in Bob Rafelson’s thematically similar 1970 tale of a frustrated drifter fleeing his past life as a piano prodigy.
Called back home by news his father is dying, he brings his trailer-trash girlfriend (Karen Black) along in what becomes both spirited road movie and existential journey.
Everyone knows the scene in which Jack tries to order toast from a testy waitress. Yet he’s even better in his showdown with dad, an anguished monologue voicing the disaffection of a generation.
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