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

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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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Storyline

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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A man went looking for America. And couldn't find it anywhere . . . See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

It was Jack Nicholson who suggested that Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider finance the film. See more »

Goofs

Wyatt asks the farmer if he can fix his flat. Yet all you see is him and Billy dropping off the tire from the frame, and propping it back on. See more »

Quotes

Billy: Hey, man! We've done it! We've done it! We're rich, Wyatt. Yeah, man. Yeah. Say, we did it, man. We did it! We did it. We're rich, man! We're retirin' in Florida now, mister.
Captain America: You know Billy, we blew it.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of Easy Rider
Performed by Roger McGuinn
Composed by Roger McGuinn
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Tale of intolerance still relevant today
25 February 1999 | by Alph-2See all my reviews

'Easy Rider' makes the simple and valid point that the counter-culture had a lot more to fear from mainstream society than vise-versa.

However, it doesn't achieve this by glorifying the hippie ethos, showing it be ultimately a rather empty and pointless mentality.

What makes the film still relevant and moving is the poignance of a failed search for personal freedom in the supposed 'land of the free'.


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