The Essential Jack Nicholson

The Essential Jack Nicholson

by James L. Neibaur


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For ten years Jack Nicholson toiled in low-budget films and guest spots in such television shows as Dr. Kildare and The Andy Griffith Show before his breakout performance in Easy Rider. Despite “retiring” in 2010, Nicholson remains one of the most revered actors of the last half century. Nominated for twelve Academy Awards—the most of any male actor—Nicholson has received three 'scars and countless other honors.

The Essential Jack Nicholson looks at the key films in the career of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. After a brief profile of the actor, James L. Neibaur highlights each of Nicholson’s most important works, explaining why his performances are essential viewing. In addition to Easy Rider, the films discussed include Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail, Chinatown, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining, Reds, Terms of Endearment, Prizzi’s Honor, Ironweed, Batman, A Few Good Men, As Good as It Gets, About Schmidt, and The Departed.

Neibaur also provides details about each film’s production, critical reaction, commercial reception, major nominations, and awards. A filmography of all of Nicholson’s movie roles (and select television performances) is also included. The Essential Jack Nicholson is a valuable source of information for fans of this iconic star and his films.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442269880
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/15/2016
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James L. Neibaur is a film historian, educator, and the author of several books, including The Fall of Buster Keaton (2010), Chaplin at Keystone (2012), The Silent Films of Harry Langdon (2012), and The Charley Chase Talkies (2013), all published by Scarecrow Press. He is also the author of The Elvis Movies (2014), The Clint Eastwood Westerns (2015), Butterfly in the Rain: The 1927 Abduction and Murder of Marion Parker (2016), and The Essential Mickey Rooney (2016), all published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Prologue: Jack Nicholson's Early Life xv

1 The Cry Baby Killer 1

2 The Little Shop of Horrors 4

3 The Raven 8

4 The Terror 12

5 The Shooting 16

6 Ride in the Whirlwind 20

7 Head 24

8 Easy Rider 28

9 Five Easy Pieces 34

10 Carnal Knowledge 41

11 The Last Detail 45

12 Chinatown 51

13 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest 58

14 Goin' South 67

15 The Shining 71

16 Reds 79

17 Terms of Endearment 85

18 Prizzi's Honor 91

19 The Witches of Eastwick 97

20 Ironweed 102

21 Batman 107

22 A Few Good Men 113

23 Hoffa 120

24 The Crossing Guard 124

25 As Good as it Gets 130

26 The Pledge 137

27 About Schmidt 141

28 Anger Management 147

29 Something's Gotta Give 151

30 The Departed 156

31 The Bucket List 163

32 How Do You Know 167

Afterword 171

Notes 173

Bibliography 181

Index 187

About the Author 193

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