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Easy Rider (1969)

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Through the open country and desert lands, two bikers head from L.A to New Orleans, and along the way, meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap they are unaware of.

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Dennis Hopper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Wyatt
Dennis Hopper ... Billy
Antonio Mendoza Antonio Mendoza ... Jesus
Phil Spector ... Connection
Mac Mashourian Mac Mashourian ... Bodyguard
Warren Finnerty ... Rancher
Tita Colorado Tita Colorado ... Rancher's Wife
Luke Askew ... Stranger on Highway
Luana Anders ... Lisa
Sabrina Scharf ... Sarah
Sandy Brown Wyeth Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Joanne (as Sandy Wyeth)
Robert Walker Jr. ... Jack (as Robert Walker)
Robert Ball Robert Ball ... Mime #1
Carmen Phillips ... Mime #2
Ellie Wood Walker Ellie Wood Walker ... Mime #3 (as Ellie Walker)
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Netting a hefty profit from their latest drug deal, hippies Wyatt and Billy decide to outfit themselves with among other things motorbikes - Wyatt complete in what they call his Captain America gear and similar motif on the bike - and chucking any structure in their lives beyond the want to get there for the event, cycle from their home base of Los Angeles to New Orleans for Mardi Gras in just over a week. They don't plan to spend their proceeds on this trip - they saving that for a more carefree life in Florida after the fact - they sleeping in the great outdoors along the way. While Wyatt is more easy going, believing in the karmic nature and practicality of helping others when they can and in turn asking for help when they need it, Billy is a little more suspicious of the people they encounter, especially in hiding their wad of cash that is stuffed into the gas tank of Wyatt's bike, that money their future. They will find that not all counter-culturalists have the exact same ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

It's Here - EASY RIDER - the Biggest Hit in the Cinema Today! (British Quad) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

26 June 1969 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Loners See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$41,728,598

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,000,000, 31 January 1972
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The motorcycles for the film, based on hardtail frames and panhead engines, were designed and built by two African-American chopper builders, Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy, following ideas of Peter Fonda, and handled by Tex Hall and Dan Haggerty during shooting. See more »

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Near the end of the song, "The Pusher", Peter Fonda's jacket has the field of the American flag on the right (wrong) side. In the next scene, it is corrected. See more »

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Captain America: I keep seeing things jumping all over the place.
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The Pusher
Performed by Steppenwolf
Composed by Hoyt Axton
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Still gets that avant-garde feel after 30 years.
26 September 1999 | by sierra-11See all my reviews

I love road movies. My favorites include "Thelma & Louise" and "Vanishing Point", but "Easy Rider" is in a class all by itself. A movie with Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson in it is hard to disappoint. That scene with Nicholson talking UFO's at the camp fire represents the great actor at his pinnacle. Anyone who has seen that scene surely wouldn't be able to resist inhaling!

The movie started out in an optimistic mood, with Fonda and Hopper setting out to discover America. The audience is naturally drawn into all the excitement. After all, everything that the duo was going through seemed so cool and so within reach too. I try to watch every road scene carefully everytime I play this movie back on my VCR, to try to remember a few spots to see if I could find them in person next time I'm out there in the Southwest. The soundtrack is of course fantastic. What makes it even greater is how well the songs fit the film. After seeing this movie, it's somehow hard to picture Monument Valley without hearing the song "The Weight" in my head.

The Nicholson take on aliens at the camp fire was the high point of the trip. Then things began to turn sour. Very sour. May be that's why I've watched the first half of the movie so much more often than the second half. And I bet I'm not alone. May be that sums up the whole movie pretty well. People are attracted to it because it represents their dream, and we can't bear to watch our dream die.


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