Easy Rider Overview:

Easy Rider (1969) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Dennis Hopper and produced by Peter Fonda, Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider and William Hayward.

Easy Rider was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998.

Academy Awards 1969 --- Ceremony Number 42 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorJack NicholsonNominated
Best WritingPeter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry SouthernNominated
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Easy Rider (1969): An Emblem of The ’60s

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 24, 2022 From 4 Star Films

“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” There’s no beating around the bush when it comes to Easy Rider. It remains a cultural landmark not only of the counterculture of the ’60s, but it also stands tall as one of the Great American Road movies, albeit fro... Read full article


Easy Rider (1969)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 8, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, this road?film?follows the two young men traveling across country from L.A. after a drug deal. Along the way they meet a Hippie colony, experimenting with drugs, and simply live life as they please. Much of the movie comprises of the many?pit stops?they take a... Read full article


Easy Rider (1969)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 8, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, this road?film?follows the two young men traveling across country from L.A. after a drug deal. Along the way they meet a Hippie colony, experimenting with drugs, and simply live life as they please. Much of the movie comprises of the many?pit stops?they take a... Read full article


Easy Rider (1)

By Alyson on Nov 5, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

Easy Rider follows two young men of the 1960?s counter culture as they travel on custom motorcycles from Los Angeles to New Orleans, for Mardi Gras. ?Their trip is funded by a cocaine deal at the beginning of the film. ?Along the way, we are shown images and a variety of people that make up the Amer... Read full article


Easy Rider

By Michael on May 3, 2011 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969) A man is looking for America but couldn’t find it anywhere... What a plot line! Dennis Hopper’s directorial debut, Easy Rider was a big commercial success at the box office but also at Cannes. Made with only 40 000$ it grossed 60 million dollars. The film... Read full article


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George Hanson: I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace.


George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.
Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared, man.
George Hanson: They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.
Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.
Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.
George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.
Billy: Well, it don't make 'em runnin' scared.
George Hanson: No, it makes 'em dangerous. Buh, neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Swamp!


George Hanson: [holding up a business card] The governor of Louisiana gave me this. Madame Tinkertoy's House of Blue Lights, corner of Bourbon and Toulouse, New Orleans, Louisiana. Now, this is supposed to be the finest whorehouse in the south. These ain't no pork chops! These are U.S. PRIME!


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The 1962 1200 cc Harley's driven by the main characters in the film were actually purchased from the Los Angeles Police department. Harley-Davidson refused to provide free bikes for the film because "The protagonist were outlaws and they thought it was bad for their image." according to an article that appeared in the June 2005 edition of the History Channel magazine.
Peter Fonda got the idea for this movie after seeing a picture of himself and Bruce Dern on their motorcycles. He got Dennis Hopper (who was planning to get out of the acting business and become a teacher at the time) involved when he promised him he could direct the film.
Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson - huge fans of Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni - invited their idol to the first screening of their film. Antonioni was sufficiently impressed to cast Nicholson in his next feature film, Professione: reporter.
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