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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) &
Dennis Hopper (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:
This used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it. See more (351 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 ... Extra (uncredited)

Helena Kallianiotes ... Woman in Commune (uncredited)

Carrie Snodgress ... Woman in Commune (uncredited)

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 M. Falkinburg .... 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 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1978) | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Samuel Z. Arkoff at American-International Pictures turned down the picture. He later said that not doing this film and Night of the Living Dead (1968) were his two biggest regrets.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the diner, George Hanson enters wearing his football helmet. When he begins to sit down, his reflection in the mirror shows him rubbing his eyes. The next shot shows him just sitting and the helmet is already on the table.See more »
Quotes:
Captain America:No, I mean it, you've got a nice place. It's not every man that can live off the land, you know. You do your own thing in your own time. You should be proud.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Flash, Bam, PowSee more »

FAQ

What is 'Easy Rider' about?
Was a sequel ever made?
Do Wyatt and Billy make it?
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296 out of 351 people found the following review useful.
This used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it., 25 September 2004
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

I was utterly surprised by this film. I was expecting nothing more than some short scenes of our now-infamous actors smoking marijuana followed by trippy Willy Wonka scenes . Oddly, this did occur, but this film was much more than that. This film should be shown in every American History class in the United States. It not only showed the beauty of the country of which we reside, but it also spoke about the people that reside in it. You know the old saying, 'Guns don't kill people, people kill people', well after watching this film, it is a very true statement. We are afraid of what is different. We are a culture that is afraid of change, yet seek it so badly. We are a society of hypocrites, androids, and ignorants. We thrive on the fact that we are the best country in the world, yet somebody shows any disassociation of routine, we are the first to question and get angry. I would dare say that we have moved so far from the 60s that I cannot see why our parents do not cry everyday. Their generations was a free-spirited, mind challenging culture that explored all possibilities no matter the cost. The experience was all they needed as a reward. Now, we are more concerned about money and the family-plan that we sometimes place ourselves on the backburner to life. Wake, eat, and pay the bills. What a sad daily structure that we have. When was the last time you considered the possibility of just jumping on your bike and riding until you hit water? Probably not for a long time … why? It is called 'bills' and 'responsibilities'. These are the choices that we chose to make, and for anyone to say that they cannot do it, I would have to challenge. You CAN do anything, it is whether you chose to do it is another question. I wonder what it will be like in another 30 years. Where will we be, and will the idea of individualism be lost? I can't wait to see …

Outside of the deeply rooted themes of this film, I felt that Hopper (who also directed) knew exactly what he was doing behind the camera. He kept the talking short, the music loud and symbolic, and allowed the background to do the explaining. I loved the fact that we really knew nothing about Fonda or Hopper's characters. It allowed us to relate to them. You could easily add your story into their characters and have the life that you lead and wish to escape. Hopper was able to transform this film from a drug movie to a film about humanity. Fonda, who also helped write the film with Hopper, did a superb job of adding Nicholson's character into the mix.

Nicholson represented us, the American public and our love of liquor, football, and lies. I viewed Nicholson as the average American. He drank too much, was the product of a wealthy upbringing, but did not know much about the world. He was sheltered. He never smoked weed (in fact didn't even know what it was when presented to him), never left the state line, and never lived life. He constantly used the expression, 'I have always wanted to …'. How many times do you hear this a day from either a family member or a co-worker? If you always wanted to do it, why haven't you? So, here we have Hanson, dreaming a dream but never following through, who is traveling with two guys that live the ultimate life and live by their own rules. They are complete opposites, but Hanson's words seemed to remain in my mind for a long time. He reminded me of one of my wife's students today that spoke about freedom. He knew exactly what it was, but never practiced it. Hopper and Fonda were walking (driving most of the time) representations of the word 'freedom'. It is tragic what happens to Harmon, because he (unfortunately) experienced the negative side of freedom … hatred and fear of the unknown.

There was one scene that just jumped out at me. It occurs in the diner before the incident later that night where our travelers experience hatred in the country they admire so much. They go from peace and love to fear and hate. It is as if they witnessed night and day. It was frightening to hear the words coming from people in that restaurant. It was not only scary to wonder what was going to happen to our narrators, but mainly that people were speaking that way to fellow citizens. I know that it still occurs today, and it is surprising to me. We bomb a country because they do not follow the same principles that we do, but we need to start asking ourselves this question … do we need another United States?

Grade: ***** out of *****

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