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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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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A generation-defining counter-culture classic!
4 November 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Easy Rider' is much more than a 60s relic - it's still a great movie even today. I find it fascinating that Hopper and Fonda took Roger Corman material and gave it an arthouse approach influenced by Godard and the French New Wave. Combined with breathtaking visuals, a well chosen rock soundtrack and some classic, stoned, improvised dialogue this is still an impressive movie all these years later. Fonda had recently made 'The Wild Angels', Hopper the less remembered 'The Glory Stompers', and Jack Nicholson 'Hells Angels On Wheels', but 'Easy Rider' reinvented the biker movie, and things were never quite the same in Hollywood for the rest of the Seventies. The supporting cast is interesting and includes a great role for the fantastically underrated Luke Askew as the "Stranger on Highway", and cameos from the stars buddies Luana Anders ('Dementia 13') and Sabrina Scharf (Nicholson's love interest in 'Hells Angels On Wheels'), as well Karen Black and Toni Basil's New Orleans hookers, Phil Spector's coke snorting bit part, and a fleeting glimpse of a young Grizzly Adams. You either love this movie or you don't, and I'm most definitely in the former camp. A 1960s generation-defining counter-culture classic!

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