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Easy Rider (1969)

Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Antonio Mendoza ...
Jesus
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Mac Mashourian ...
Bodyguard
Warren Finnerty ...
Rancher
Tita Colorado ...
Rancher's Wife
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Lisa
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Sarah
Sandy Brown Wyeth ...
Joanne (as Sandy Wyeth)
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Jack (as Robert Walker)
Robert Ball ...
Mime #1
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Mime #2
Ellie Wood Walker ...
Mime #3 (as Ellie Walker)
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Two young "hippie" bikers, Wyatt and Billy sell some dope in Southern California, stash their money away in their gas-tank and set off for a trip across America, on their own personal odyssey looking for a way to lead their lives. On the journey they encounter bigotry and hatred from small-town communities who despise and fear their non-conformism. However Wyatt and Billy also discover people attempting 'alternative lifestyles' who are resisting this narrow-mindedness, there is always a question mark over the future survival of these drop-out groups. The gentle hippie community who thank God for 'a place to stand' are living their own unreal dream. The rancher they encounter and his Mexican wife are hard-pushed to make ends meet. Even LSD turns sour when the trip is a bad one. Death comes to seem the only freedom. When they arrive at a diner in a small town, they are insulted by the local rednecks as weirdo degenerates. They are arrested on some minor pretext by the local sheriff and ... Written by alfiehitchie

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This Year It's Easy Rider See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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26 June 1969 (Sweden)  »

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The Loners  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Jack Nicholson is in the film for 17 minutes. See more »

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In the riding part after the trip at the cemetery they come along two old tanks on the side of the road. After they make a stop they come along them again, although it is shown from a different angle. See more »

Quotes

Stranger on the Highway: [giving Wyatt some LSD] When you get to the right place, with the right people, quarter this. You know, this could be the right place. The time's running out.
Captain America: Yeah, I'm, I'm hip about time. But I just gotta go.
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Referenced in Loop (2007) See more »

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I Wasn't Born to Follow
Performed by The Byrds
Composed by Gerry Goffin & Carole King
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My favorite movie of all time...
22 January 1999 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Too often this film is relegated to retro documentaries and cheap nostalgia for an era too often reduced to its superficial artifacts (flower power, popular music).

I was born in 1972, three years after this film was made, but the themes in it are still relevant and important to me. Maybe I'm the last of a certain kind of American; someone wondering about what's still possible in the USA, and searching for the realized potential of the American Dream. Perhaps what has changed since this film was released is that freedom - that is, real freedom, just doesn't matter as much to people as it once did. Self-enslavement is a popular past-time for today's numb middle class; a group of people who, I am convinced, do not dream when they sleep.

This movie defined the road film genre, even though it was not the first of its kind. I owe a debt of gratitude to Fonda, Nicholson, and Hopper for pointing out a very real truth about America and its often twisted approach to "freedom." By any standard, this is a film which should not be missed. It is a film I wish I had written myself.


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