Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson
Written By: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern
Directed By: Dennis Hopper
Studio: Columbia- TriStar
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I never saw this movie man. I don’t know why, probably because I thought it was an old hippy movie or something man. When Easy Rider was released in 1969 man, everyone wanted to go see it and travel to cities just to go see it man. I don’t know why though man, I thought the movie was okay, kind of boring, man.
Easy Rider is about 2 free spirited hippy bikers taking a trip from LA to Mardi Gras after selling a bunch of cocaine. Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) encounter a bunch of characters along the way like a young Jack Nicholson playing a failed lawyer, and other weirdos. The movie is filled with drugs, sex, more drugs, nudity, and of course motorcycles.
Maybe i’m too young to realize how much of an impact this movie had in the 60’s and 70’s, but I just thought the movie was boring. Seeing a bunch of hippies riding bikes and talking about “” things isn’t my idea of fun unless their names are Cheech and Chong. I can see why the movie was both a cult film and controversial because of the content in the movie. I can also see why the film probably frightened some bikers traveling because of what happens to the hippie bikers. If anyone hasn’t seen the movie, yeah skip over this part. There’s 2 shocking moments of death in this movie. One with Jack Nicholson’s character getting beat up and killed in his sleep, and the ending when the two bikers get shot by some hillbillies driving up next to them. From what I read and hear, it was a shocking ending back then and people didn’t see that coming at all. From watching the movie for the first time, I didn’t expect it either. I was thinking they were going to drive into the sunset and have the ending be all happy. I guess anything can happen in movies, but this ending seemed realistic.
There’s some cool bonuses that come along with the DVD. there’s the soundtrack featuring songs like “Wasn’t Born to Follow” by the Byrds, “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf, ” “Nights in White Satin “by The Moody Blues and “Get Together” by the Youngbloods. The soundtrack was great to listen to. The Byrds’ song plays frequently in the movie so you’ll recognize it immediately. I don’t believe I heard that one played on the Oldies station too often. I could be mistaken though. There’s a cool making-of documentary and features interviews with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and other people associated with the movie. It’s fun to hear some of the stories that happened during filming. There’s a few other extras on here like Dennis Hopper commentary, production notes and the British Film Institute modern classic book “Easy Rider” by Lee Hill. That was an interesting read!
While I think the movie is boring and just showcases a bunch of hippie bikers saying man after each sentence, the movie certainly has it’s moments. Fans of this cult classic film should look into getting this 35th year anniversary deluxe edition.
n- Includes exclusive Bonus CD Songtrack And the British Film Institute Modern Classic Book “Easy Rider”
n- Makingn-of Documentary “Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage” Featuring Interviews with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Others
n- Dennis Hopper Audio Commentary
n- Production Notes
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround CC
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: Scenes with Jack Nicholson, the bike shots in front of the landscapes were nice to see, the ending is great!.
Rating: Rated R
Running Time: 94 minutes