Easy Rider

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Easy Rider
Directed byDennis Hopper
Produced byPeter Fonda
Written byPeter Fonda
Dennis Hopper
Terry Southern
StarringPeter Fonda
Dennis Hopper
Jack Nicholson
Music byRoger McGuinn
CinematographyLaszlo Kovacs
Edited byDonn Cambern
Raybert Productions
Pando Company Inc.
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 14, 1969 (1969-07-14)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$41,728,598[1]

Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie. It was written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern. It was produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers (played by Fonda and Hopper) who travel through the American Southwest and South. The goal is freedom. The success of Easy Rider helped spark the New Hollywood phase of movie making during the early 1970s. The movie was added to the Library of Congress National Registry in 1998.

The movie was said to be a counterculture movie.[2] Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle.

Easy Rider is famous for its use of real drugs in its portrayal of marijuana and other substances.[3]

Awards and honors[change | change source]

Hopper received the First Film Award (Prix de la première œuvre) at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.[4] At the Academy Awards, Jack Nicholson was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The movie was also nominated for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced.

The movie is at number 88 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Years, 100 Movies.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Box Office Information for Easy Rider". The Numbers. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  2. "Peter Fonda's Easy Rider auction". Boing Boing. 2007-09-16. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  3. Interviews in Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage on IMDb . A Making-of documentary.
  4. "Festival de Cannes: Easy Rider". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-05.

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