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Easy Rider (1969)

R  |   |  Drama  |  26 June 1969 (Sweden)
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Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Mendoza ...
Mac Mashourian ...
Warren Finnerty ...
Tita Colorado ...
Rancher's Wife
Sabrina Scharf ...
Sandy Brown Wyeth ...
Joanne (as Sandy Wyeth)
Jack (as Robert Walker)
Robert Ball ...
Mime #1
Mime #2
Ellie Wood Walker ...
Mime #3 (as Ellie Walker)


Wyatt and Billy are two motorcycle riders (bikers) on their way to Mardis Gras, and encounter hitchhikers, a drunken lawyer, a jail cell, a whorehouse and the death of a friend. Written by Aaron Horne

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A man went looking for America. And couldn't find it anywhere.. See more »




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Release Date:

26 June 1969 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Loners  »

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$400,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The badge on Peter Fonda's jacket is the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge. It is worn by military personnel on the right pocket of their uniform when assigned to the US Secretary of Defense Staff. See more »


The scene just before Wyatt throws away his watch is a mirror image. The bike appears to be leaning to the right on the kickstand (instead of the left) and his jacket has stripes down the right side but in the rest of the movie they're down the left side. See more »


George Hanson: [sitting down in diner] I think I'll order kidneys, 'cause I left mine out there on the road somewhere.
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It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
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Composed by Bob Dylan
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This film was a rite of passage
17 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I cannot overstate the importance of this movie in my personal development.

In 1969 I was eighteen and a freshman at Cambridge University. I was also a near-fundamentalist and a member of the Christian Union. Its officials decreed that Easy Rider was unsuitable for Christian viewing; I'd seen some enthusiastic reviews which made me curious. Moral and spiritual dilemma followed. To view or not to view? I prayed about it - look, this is a long time ago, right - and decided that if it had been OK for the Christian Union's leaders to see it, if only to realise it was morally dubious, then it was OK for me. They hadn't been corrupted, presumably; the Lord would see that I wasn't either.

So I went and it blew me away. I thought then and think now, that this is a magnificently perceptive commentary on hippie culture and one that only the medium of film can deliver. Naive idealism is weighed against the squalid reality of drugs (and indeed alcohol). Freedom is portrayed as often aimless, self-indulgent and downright boring. The underlying morality could be seen as puritanical: a celebration of the free-lovin' drop-out Sixties it ain't, more a weary end-of-decade critique thereof. I would have thought there was much to commend it to the Christian Union moralisers, yet as ever they couldn't see past the surface - drug abuse, loose women. Yet it has its high moments, in more ways than one, and is always a treat for the eyes.

My decision to defy the Christian Union by seeing the film was an early step out of my fundamentalist prison and I haven't stopped walking yet. No-one's ever going to tell me what I can and can't watch again: nor will I censor anyone else's viewing. I'm still a believer, but not of the kind that the Christian Union would have thought will ever go to heaven. Guess I'll have to live with that.

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