Easy Rider:Impact

Easy Rider written by, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. Despite being shot in the first half of 1968, between Mardi Gras and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, it took nearly a year until its US debut in July of 1969. Southern also came up with the title of the movie, which borrows the slang term easy rider.

Author Philip K. Dick mentions Easy Rider in his story A Scanner Darkly, in which a character sees the movie in a vision inducedwhile tripping on a reality distortion field created by Scrizer.


"Easy Rider" Replica in German MuseumBoth the film and the director won a Golden Palm at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Nicholson) and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced.

The film was #88 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Years, 100 Movies, and has been selected for preservation in the United States' National Film Registry.

Along with Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider helped kick-start an artistic renaissance in Hollywood during the late sixties and early seventies. The major studios realised that money could be made from low-budget films made by directors with artistic intentions. Heavily influenced by the French New Wave, the films of the so-called "Hollywood Renaissance" came to represent a generation increasingly disillusioned with their government and the world.

The movie was also mentioned in the book Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman; he urged all readers, yippies and hippies to make sure the rest of America didn't fall for the image of the Yippies, hippies, and their kind as a group with a (sic) "Easy Rider take-no-crap" image.

Easy Rider was cited and parodied many times since. A scene from the film Starsky & Hutch features the titular characters dressed as Wyatt and Billy, riding motorcycles to The Weight.


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