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

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Wyatt
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Billy
Antonio Mendoza ...
Jesus
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Connection
Mac Mashourian ...
Bodyguard
Warren Finnerty ...
Rancher
Tita Colorado ...
Rancher's Wife
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Stranger on Highway
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Lisa
Sabrina Scharf ...
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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Mime #4
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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
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Mary
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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
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Susan Brewer ...
Woman in Commune (uncredited)
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Child in Commune (uncredited)
Justin Fonda ...
Child in Commune (uncredited)
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Biker (uncredited)
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Man in Commune (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
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Woman in Commune (uncredited)
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Woman in Commune (uncredited)

Directed by

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Dennis Hopper

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Peter Fonda ... (written by) &
Dennis Hopper ... (written by) &
Terry Southern ... (written by)

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Peter Fonda ... producer
William Hayward ... associate producer (as William L. Hayward)
Bert Schneider ... executive producer
Bob Rafelson ... producer (uncredited)

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László Kovács ... director of photography (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Baird Bryant ... (uncredited)

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Donn Cambern

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Henry Jaglom ... editorial consultant
Marilyn Schlossberg ... post-production
Stan Siegel ... assistant editor (as Stanley Siegel)
Bruce Conner ... editorial consultant (uncredited)

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Jeremy Kay ... (as Jerry Kay)

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Virgil Frye ... makeup artist

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Paul Lewis ... production manager

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Len Marsal ... second assistant director
Paul Lewis ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Robert Vincent O'Neill ... property master (as Robert O'Neil)
Cliff Vaughs ... motorcycle designer (uncredited)

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James Contrares ... boom operator
Le Roy Robbins ... sound mixer
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (uncredited)
James Nelson ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)

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Steve Karkus ... special effects

Stunts

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Tex Hall ... stunt gaffer
Gary Littlejohn ... stunts (uncredited)

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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)

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Tony Vorno ... location manager

Music Department

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Mike Deasy ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Lee Pierpont ... transportation

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Joyce King ... script supervisor
Dan Haggerty ... motorcycle wrangler (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 thrown in jail where they meet George Hanson, a liberal alcoholic lawyer. He gets them out and decides to join them on their trip to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. Written by alfiehitchie

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Also Known As
  • The Loners (United States)
  • Easy rider. Buscando mi destino (Spain)
  • Goli u sedlu (Serbia)
  • Busco mi destino (Chile)
  • Busco mi destino (Mexico)
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  • 95 min
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Budget $400,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda did not write a full script for the movie, and made most of it up as they went along. They didn't hire a crew, but instead picked up hippies at communes across the country, and used friends and passers-by to hold the cameras, and were drunk and stoned most of the time. See more »
Goofs Wyatt and Billy are going to the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. This indicates that they are traveling in either late January or early February, given that Mardi Gras usually takes place in mid February. Despite this, and despite the number of states they drive through, the men never drive through an area of cold weather. Many of the characters they meet are wearing summer style clothes, and the weather is most obvious in New Mexico, where the winters can be extremely hard with lots of snow. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in This Is Al Capp (1970). See more »
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Quotes George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.
Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared, man.
George Hanson: They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.
Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.
Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.
George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.
Billy: Well, it don't make 'em runnin' scared.
George Hanson: No, it makes 'em dangerous. Buh, neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Swamp!
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