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Easy Rider (1969)

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

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Tita Colorado ...
Rancher's Wife
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Joanne (as Sandy Wyeth)
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Ellie Wood Walker ...
Mime #3 (as Ellie Walker)
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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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Adventure | Drama

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26 June 1969 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Loners  »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$41,728,598

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,000,000, 31 January 1972
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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Dennis Hopper, Karen Black, and Cinematographer László Kovács all subsequently died of cancer at the age of seventy-four. See more »

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When Wyatt and Billy ride off from the farm, where they fix the tire, a shadow of the camera is cast on Billy. See more »

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Captain America: Do this instead.
George Hanson: Oh, no thanks. I got some store bought right over here on my own.
Captain America: No, man. This is grass!
George Hanson: You mean marijuana?
Captain America: Yeah.
George Hanson: Lord have mercy, is that what that is?
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Don't Bogart Me
Performed by Fraternity of Man
Composed by Elliot Ingber (as Elliott Ingber) & Larry Wagner
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A Flawed Masterpiece
11 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

To me, a flawed masterpiece is a film that is not perfect but by the end achieves something so great it overcomes its' flaws. The two films I can honestly say that about are Lars Von Trier's Dancer In The Dark and Easy Rider. Easy Rider perfectly defines it.

The flaws: Well, the first half although entertaining it pointless. They basically just ride around and pick up hippies and go to a commune. Peter Fonda although he looks the part but for some reason something seemed missing from his character. Also, in the beginning there is a pretty annoying editing technique which they luckily soon abandon.

The film really gets astounding in the second half. The whole film is shot very well by DP Laszlo Kovacs and the music might be one of the best soundtracks ever in film. I might even buy it. The film is filled with genuinely poetic ideas. Jack Nicholson gives a star making performance and Dennis Hopper is once again and forever THE MAN. This film is filled with many biblical metaphors which never came off as pretentious but very powerful. The film is filled with very strong visuals. No wonder Dennis Hopper once wanted to work with Alejandro Jodorwsky. The ending is might be the best part of the movie. It is almost the ultimate "what the f*ck?' moment in history, but for such a chaotic film it fits perfectly. The ending is also powerful. It represented to me the end of a generation.

Well okay. This movie I know will definitely not please everybody but for those who are open minded and into visually driven films, this film will certainly live up to its' title as one of the most influential films in American history.


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