You Don’t Know Jack!

You know Jack Nicholson, but do you remember his string of astonishing roles in the 1960’s and 1970’s? We toast Jack’s retirement, announced last year, with a look back at the artist in the full force of his youth. R.P. McMurphy, Wilbur Force, Buddusky, Robert Eroica Dupea, J.J. Gittes, and George Hanson. These are the 6 characters Jack plays in the 6 films we chose showcasing his career from 1960 to 1975. Nicholson holds the record for the highest number of Oscar nominations for a male actor: 12 (3 wins), including a unparalleled string of 5 for Best Actor from 1970 to 1976.

Here are 5 of his digitally restored lead performances, plus a short but unforgettable role in Little Shop of Horrors. Happy Retirement Jack!

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Jack: Easy Rider

  • Aug 8 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Aug 9 (2015) @ 4pm
  • Aug 10 (2015) @ 9:15pm

Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper), two Harley-riding hippies, complete a drug deal in Southern California and decide to travel cross-country in search of spiritual truth.

Jack: Chinatown

  • Aug 1 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Aug 2 (2015) @ 4pm
  • Aug 3 (2015) @ 9:15pm

When Los Angeles private eye J.J. “Jake” Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband’s activities, he believes it’s a routine infidelity case. Jake’s investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an imposter.

Jack: Five Easy Pieces

  • Jul 25 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Jul 26 (2015) @ 4pm
  • Jul 27 (2015) @ 9:15pm

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).

Cult: The Last Detail

  • Jul 21 (2015) @ 9:15pm

When sailor Larry Meadows (Randy Quaid) is sentenced to eight years in a New Hampshire prison, Navy lifers Billy Buddusky (Jack Nicholson) and Mule Mulhall (Otis Young) are assigned to escort him there from Virginia.

Bizarro: Little Shop of Horrors

  • Jul 15 (2015) @ 9:30pm

Little Shop of Horrors is best known for inspiring the wildly popular stage play and musical of the same name which was filmed in 1986 and the cartoon series Little Shop (1991). See where the legacy all began and Jack Nicholson’s rise to fame with Little Shop of Horrors.

Jack: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  • Jul 11 (2015) @ 7pm
  • Jul 12 (2015) @ 4pm
  • Jul 13 & Aug 26 (2015) @ 9:15pm

When Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. 

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