Co-written and directed by Dennis Hopper in 1969, this American counterculture road-drama depicts the journey of two easy bikers who travel through the American Southwest and South carrying the proceeds from a cocaine deal.
The film explores the rise of the hippie movement, drug use and communal lifestyle.
Amazing and amusing!
I saw this film several years ago. While the shock value was lost in me - call it a generational issue - the effectiveness of it was lost. I thought depicted a certain decade well. I thought the performers were first rate; Jack Nicholson made over the top seem genius as only he could, and Peter Fonda has inherited enough of his fathers' gravitas that the Fonda legacy is being held up no matter what role he is in. The edginess of the time is suggested well by the biker-hippy-music scene. In sum the film is a classic of biker genre for one reason. It is easy to see why it set a high standard for that style of such story.
Heavy drug use and violence. Acting was good and I enjoyed the road scenes. Jack Nicholson really added interest to the movie. Some plot holes.
Classic! If it's been a while since you've seen this one - it's deserving of another viewing.
I merely repeat the lyric from the outset of the movie: "GODDAMN THE PUSHER MAN" R.I.P. Sam Shepard, who gives vocal accompaniment to the sequence that has Nicholson flapping his arms (wings) behind Captain America, as they motor down the highway, after getting stoned, the night before (unintentional beatles song reference). Rest in Peace, mr. dennis hopper, who opened up the film industry in America to the concept of independent films, by making this film (he claimed to have solo-written the script, which Fonda merrily denies). a thorough viewing of the discs also reveals that Michael Nesmith hated the other Monkees. actually, it seems DESPISED would be a better word for the feeling described by a close associate. What do the Monkees have to do with this greasy, low-down movie? View it with attention, you will learn. Learn from a movie? Yes, do you not value the Criterion collection?
Wow. I'm shocked at the negative reviews here. In film school "Easy Rider" was rightly shown as a cinematic "Masterpiece" and remains one of my Top 5 favorite movies of all time. If you don't like "Easy Rider," you're probably missing 95% of the nuances and artistic subtleties of the film. Time to take a Film History class and get educated about cinema!
Jack Nicholson plus all sorts of classic rock - sign me up!
Yep. In my opinion, Easy Rider was nothing but pretentiously shallow, hippie drivel. This dead-end movie proved to me (what I've always suspected) that the stoned-out 60's was an era in pop culture history that, in reality, totally sucked, big-time.
Easy Rider is the type of movie that I swear they were making up its asinine nonsense as they went along. And, I don't know about you, but I, for one, find watching people getting stoned to be about as thrilling as watching paint peel.
And, speaking about Dennis Hopper - Not only was he strictly an amateur when it came to his directing abilities, but, as an actor, his character portrayal as Billy in Easy Rider, literally, made my skin crawl with complete revulsion.
Glorifies drugs and motorcycles; un-relatable cliched characters.
"Easy Rider" is a work of art. It captures the life of two motorcyclists as they search for the "real" America. .You hear the music of the 1960's as Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper cross the United States. This is the era when young people were experimenting with drugs and dropping out of society. At the time, much of this seemed possible. Now we know that you really do need to be trained to be a farmer. This is the life of the counter coulter of the 60's. It is fascinating to look back on this time and know the results.
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