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 Easy Rider 

What grade would you give this film?
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 Easy Rider 
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Easy Rider


Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, 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 with the aim of achieving freedom. The success of Easy Rider helped spark the New Hollywood phase of filmmaking during the late sixties. The film was added to the Library of Congress National Registry in 1998.

A landmark counterculture film, and a "touchstone for a generation" that "captured the national imagination", 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.


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Hmm, not the movie I expected. From the helmet scene's fame I thought this was a light comedy. :hahaha: Oops.

It's just about perfect though, for the tragic, psychadelic, maddening trip it is. I think it takes a bit to get going, but everything from the jail scene on is just about flawless. Fonda, Hopper, Nicholson prove their worth as some of the finest actors out there, with Jack being the standout (and what a breakout performance it is). It's stunning that even with the most famous face in Hollywood, while watching him in something like this, he still completley becomes George Hanson and you forget you're watching Jack. That's something I haven't seen in many other superstar actor performances. He probably should've won the Oscar that year.

The cinematography and editing is some of the best I've seen, I'm surprised Hopper's career as a director didn't blossom more than it did, this might be one of the top ten best directed films I've ever seen. It's a clinic.

I can't imagine a film defining that time period and that motor lifestyle in America better than what Easy Rider does, I mean I don't even know much about biker druggies and I KNOW this is dead on. Feels real. In a way I feel the whole thing represents more than just these bikers, it represents the death of that generation and the downfall of a way of life, what happens to these characters is all the more tragic for that.

And that ending... probably one of the best ever to go along with its shock.

Damn I've been giving away a lot of high grades lately. But this deserves it. Masterful stuff.


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You may have to lived during that era to really appreciate it but from my standpoint the film didn't worked at all. The first half hour is ok and when Nicholson (who outshines everyone) enters the picture it goes uphill a bit, but the ending destroyed all. I hated it. I mean people just drove around back then and shot hippies?! And Fonda was sleepwalking, he deserves no praise at all. D+

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Very much a film of its time, but it still holds power today. Nicholson is terrific, of course.

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