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Easy Rider -- Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.
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Director:
Writers:
Peter Fonda (written by) &
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Release Date:
26 June 1969 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
This Year It's Easy Rider See more »
Plot:
Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
more than meets the eye See more (348 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Fonda ... Wyatt

Dennis Hopper ... Billy
Antonio Mendoza ... Jesus

Phil Spector ... Connection
Mac Mashourian ... Bodyguard
Warren Finnerty ... Rancher
Tita Colorado ... Rancher's Wife

Luke Askew ... Stranger on Highway

Luana Anders ... Lisa
Sabrina Scharf ... Sarah
Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Joanne (as Sandy Wyeth)

Robert Walker Jr. ... Jack (as Robert Walker)
Robert Ball ... Mime #1

Carmen Phillips ... Mime #2
Ellie Wood Walker ... Mime #3 (as Ellie Walker)

Michael Pataki ... Mime #4

Jack Nicholson ... George Hanson
George Fowler Jr. ... Guard
Keith Green ... Sheriff
Hayward Robillard ... Cat Man
Arnold Hess Jr. ... Deputy
Buddy Causey Jr. ... Customer #1
Duffy Lafont ... Customer #2
Blase M. Dawson ... Customer #3
Paul Guedry Jr. ... Customer #4
Suzie Ramagos ... Girl #1
Elida Ann Hebert ... Girl #2
Rose LeBlanc ... Girl #3
Mary Kaye Hebert ... Girl #4
Cynthia Grezaffi ... Girl #5
Colette Purpera ... Girl #6

Toni Basil ... Mary

Karen Black ... Karen
Lea Marmer ... Madame
Cathé Cozzi ... Dancing Girl
Thea Salerno ... Hooker #1
Anne McClain ... Hooker #2
Beatriz Monteil ... Hooker #3
Marcia Bowman ... Hooker #4
David C. Billodeau ... Pickup Truck
Johnny David ... Pickup Truck
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Brewer ... Woman in Commune (uncredited)

Bridget Fonda ... Child in Commune (uncredited)
Justin Fonda ... Child in Commune (uncredited)
Virgil Frye ... Biker (uncredited)

Dan Haggerty ... Man in Commune (uncredited)

Randee Lynne Jensen ... (uncredited)

Helena Kallianiotes ... Woman in Commune (uncredited)

Carrie Snodgress ... Woman in Commune (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dennis Hopper 
 
Writing credits
Peter Fonda (written by) &
Dennis Hopper (written by) &
Terry Southern (written by)

Produced by
Peter Fonda .... producer
William Hayward .... associate producer (as William L. Hayward)
Bert Schneider .... executive producer
Bob Rafelson .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Baird Bryant (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Donn Cambern 
 
Art Direction by
Jeremy Kay  (as Jerry Kay)
 
Makeup Department
Virgil Frye .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Paul Lewis .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Len Marsal .... second assistant director
Paul Lewis .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Vincent O'Neill .... property master (as Robert O'Neil)
 
Sound Department
James Contrares .... boom operator
Le Roy Robbins .... sound mixer
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Steve Karkus .... special effects
 
Stunts
Tex Hall .... stunt gaffer
Gary Littlejohn .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Richmond Aguilar)
Guy Badger .... generator operator
Foster K. Denker .... electrician (as Foster Denker)
Peter Heiser .... assistant camera (as Peter Heiser Jr.)
Melton Maxwell .... best boy (as Mel Maxwell)
Tom Ramsey .... key grip (as Thomas Ramsey)
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Les Blank .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Larry Lapointe .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Henry Jaglom .... editorial consultant
Marilyn Schlossberg .... post-production
Stan Siegel .... assistant editor (as Stanley Siegel)
Bruce Conner .... editorial consultant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lee Pierpont .... transportation
 
Other crew
Joyce King .... script supervisor
Tony Vorno .... location manager
Dan Haggerty .... motorcycle builder (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (2009 DVD rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | South Korea:18 (DVD rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2009) | USA:R (Approved No. 22170) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Dennis Hopper had the original cut of the film at an estimated three hours in length. Upon reviewing it with some of the other key members of the production staff the length was cut down to its current length.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When Billy and Wyatt are with George outside the police station, as Billy hands over the bottle of liquor and drinks it, the boom mic is reflected in his sun glasses.See more »
Quotes:
Captain America:Have you gotta helmut?
George Hanson:Have I gotta helmut? Ha ha ha!
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Soundtrack:
Ballad of Easy RiderSee more »

FAQ

What kind of white shirt was Wyatt wearing?
What kind of drugs were they buying and selling?
Is "Easy Rider" based on a book?
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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
more than meets the eye, 5 March 1999
Author: buby1987 from Reno

There is so much going on in the multi-layered Easy Rider. For one thing, it doesn't glorify hippies. In fact, Hopper and Fonda are really just businessmen, out to make the big score. They're quintessentially American -- Fonda calls himself Captain America, and wears an American flag on his leather jacket, and has red, white and blue painted on his chopper's gas tank. These guys really just want to make money, not change society. If it were the 80's, they'd be selling computers. Also, some interesting symbolism -- Fonda puts the stash of money resulting from the drug sale in his gas tank -- in other words, money fuels the American dream.

This film is also an anti-Western. Instead of heading west, these guys head east. They pass through Monument Valley, site of many John Ford westerns. At an early point, they fix their choppers in a barn while a farmer fixes the horseshoes for his horse.

There is a structure to this seemingly freewheeling tale: the trip starts out idealistically. After they go to the commune, Fonda and Hopper skinny-dip with two hippie chicks in a bucolic, peaceful setting. The music is laid-back, the Byrds, the drug used is marijuana. It's an idealized example of "free love." Later, in New Orleans, our two heroes hook up with two prostitutes -- so much for free love. Fonda breaks down during an acid trip, and instead of music we hear the jarring sounds of an industrial, urbanized landscape -- geographically and symbolically far away from that Arizona commune.

This film doesn't glorify the hippie ethos -- in fact, it almost seems like a neo-conservative critique on the limitations of the hippie experience. Late in the film, Fonda tells Hopper, "We blew it," a line that prefigures the ultimate disillusionment that set in during the early 70's, when the Age of Aquarius gave way to Watergate, malaise, Reagan and rampant consumerism.

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