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Two bikers head from L.A. to New Orleans through the open country and desert lands, and along the way they meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap of which they had been unaware.

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Antonio Mendoza ...
Mac Mashourian ...
Tita Colorado ...
Rancher's Wife
Stranger on Highway
Sandy Brown Wyeth ...
Joanne (as Sandy Wyeth)
Jack (as Robert Walker)
Mime #1
Mime #2
Ellie Wood Walker ...
Mime #3 (as Ellie Walker)
Mime #4
George Hanson
George Fowler Jr. ...
Keith Green ...
Hayward Robillard ...
Cat Man
Arnold Hess Jr. ...
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
Lea Marmer ...
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)
Child in Commune (uncredited)
Justin Fonda ...
Child in Commune (uncredited)
Biker (uncredited)
Man in Commune (uncredited)
Extra (uncredited)
Woman in Commune (uncredited)
Woman in Commune (uncredited)

Directed by

Dennis Hopper

Written by

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

Editorial Department

Sheri Eisenberg ... theatrical & HDR mastering colorist
Henry Jaglom ... editorial consultant
Marilyn Schlossberg ... post-production
Stan Siegel ... assistant editor (as Stanley Siegel)
Bruce Conner ... editorial consultant (uncredited)

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

Sound Department

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

Special Effects by

Steve Karkus ... special effects


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)

Location Management

Tony Vorno ... location manager

Music Department

Mike Deasy ... musician (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Joyce King ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Lee Pierpont ... transportation

Additional Crew

Dan Haggerty ... motorcycle wrangler (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 mindset, while they will also find the spiritual and practical connections to others in perhaps the most unlikely of places and people. But they will also ruffle some feathers just for being hippies, arguably in the fear not of them as people but what they represent. Through it all, Wyatt in particular evaluates if the trip ends up being what he expects or wants for his life. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • The Loners (United States)
  • Easy Rider (Buscando mi destino) (Spain)
  • Busco mi destino (Chile)
  • イージー・ライダー (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Îjî Raidâ (Japan)
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  • 95 min
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Budget $400,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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 In the whorehouse scene, Karen enters through the door wearing black stockings. When she moves to the couch with Billy, she is instead wearing fishnet stockings. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in This Is Al Capp (1970). See more »
Soundtracks The Pusher See more »
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 thangs. 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. Buhhhh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Swamp!
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