Easy Rider

Easy Rider is a 1969 road movie directed by Dennis Hopper. The film tells the story of two young men, Wyatt (played by Peter Fonda) and Billy (played by Dennis Hopper), who "went looking for America but couldn't find it anywhere." Some see the film as representing the embodiment of the hippie ideals and lifestyle of the counterculture of the 1960s.


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Easy Rider:Plot summary

After smuggling some cocaine from Mexico to Los Angeles, Wyatt and Billy sell it to a man in a Rolls-Royce (played by music producer Phil Spector) in exchange for a large amount of cash. With this money stuffed into one of the fuel tanks of their California style choppers (a type of customized motorcycle that was popularized by this film), they ride eastward in an attempt to reach New Orleans, Louisiana in time for Mardi Gras.

Wyatt, whose name evokes the American Old WestREAD MORE

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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 inducedREAD MORE

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Easy Rider: Track list (music from the film)

1 The Pusher (Steppenwolf) (5:50)

2 Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf) (3:38)

3 The Weight (performed by The Band in the film, by Smith for the soundtrack due to legal issues) (4:33)

4 Wasn't Born to Follow (The Byrds) (2:08)

5 If You Want to be a Bird (The Holy Modal Rounders) (2:37)

6 Don't Bogart Me (Fraternity of Man) (3:06)

7 If Six Was Nine (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (5:34)

8 Kyrie Eleison Mardi Gras (The Electric Prunes) (4:02)

9 It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (Roger McGuinn) (3:42)

10 Ballad of Easy Rider (Roger McGuinn) (2:15)

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Easy Rider:Trivia

The scenes playing on a New Orleans cemetery towards the end of the film were shot first on 16mm film to advertise the idea to producers.
Real marijuana was smoked in many scenes, but the "undescribed white powder" sniffed by Fonda was powdered sugar. In various interviews, Fonda has said he was told by Hopper it would be real cocaine.
The Restaurant scenes with Fonda, Hopper and Nicholson were shot in Morganza, Louisiana. The men and girls in that scene were all Morganza locals.
During the shooting, Dennis Hopper, legendaryREAD MORE

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