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7.6
/10
4,149 Ratings

Easy Rider

Directed by Dennis Hopper
United States, 1969
Drama, Cult

Synopsis

This definitive counterculture film embodies the feeling of being a hippie as two friends head cross-country in search of their “American Dream”. They sample the highs and lows of America in a stoned-out quest for life’s true meaning.

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Easy Rider Directed by Dennis Hopper

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1969 | Winner: Best First Work

2019 | Cannes Classics

Academy Awards

1970 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

National Film Preservation Board

1998 | Winner: National Film Registry

The picture’s poignancy and even dread – it stayed with me this last viewing. With the lyrical cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs and Fonda’s melancholic performance next to Hopper’s brashness and dangerous goofiness, if you’re in a certain mood (or, rather, if I am) you feel what Fonda might be feeling the entire movie, and you extend it onward, to today.
October 11, 2017
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Hopper has a prodigious sense of imagistic flow—of the dreamy half-tranced revelry that a road trip can inspire. Much of Easy Rider is composed of scenes of Wyatt and Billy on their bikes, enjoying their periodic detachment from the American prejudices that governed the late 1960s as well as the 2010s. The movement of these scenes is intoxicating, glorious, with that glory heightened by the music of the Byrds, the Band, Steppenwolf, and many others.
May 09, 2016
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With the feature rightfully reaching cult standing at a time when the label retained its meaning, Easy Rider takes the audience on a powerful, potent and perceptive ride through a lifestyle, a genre, and a new filmmaking discourse. As an examination of the former, Hopper and Fonda’s creation is particularly promising, with few films before or since encapsulating the all-encompassing, independent mindset or rebellious yet idealistic opinions of the hippie generation.
February 20, 2011
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