A man went looking for America and couldn’t find it anywhere...
A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.
A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.
Peter Fonda Dennis Hopper Antonio Mendoza Phil Spector Mac Mashourian Warren Finnerty Tita Colorado Luke Askew Luana Anders Sabrina Scharf Sandy Brown Wyeth Robert Walker Jr. Robert Ball Carmen Phillips Ellie Wood Walker Michael Pataki Jack Nicholson Toni Basil Karen Black Bridget Fonda Dan Haggerty Carrie Snodgress Helena Kallianiotes
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“This used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it."
“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.”
“They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.”
“Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.”
“Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.”
“What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.”
“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…
i have a thing for jack nicholson in this movie and i hate myself
A sweeping portrait of the American landscape through the eyes of two 60's counterculturists, Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider is a gorgeous ode to the open freedom of the American way. It's the ultimate road trip film, simultaneously developing its two protagonists and the characters they meet while intermittent segments of folk rock play backstage to colorful shots of the western countryside. Hopper displays an appreciation for the simple lifestyle that many Americans represent, from the mild-mannered farmer to the typical small town residents. The hippie movement that dominated the 60's thought process is also observed here, offering a fascinating inside look at a culture of peace, love, and a ton of unidentified substances.
The counterculturist movement of the 60's played…
To be honest, I had always avoided this because it sounded to me like a boring drugs film and I fucking hate boring drugs films. And I also find motorbikes about as exciting as an M25 traffic jam.
So imagine my surprise....
ashamed to say I thought Peter Fonda was Jack Nicholson for 45 minutes.
*There are some spoilers for the film later down in the review*
There are a few key films that changed the landscape of American cinema in my opinion. The first being Arthur Penn’s classic “Bonnie and Clyde”, the second; John Schlesinger’s “Midnight Cowboy” and finally Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider”. Sure, there were a few more notable films from the late 60’s that ushered in the Hollywood auteur era such-as: “The Wild Bunch”, “The Graduate” and “In the Heat of the Night” but the three mentioned, I feel, have had the biggest impact in producing a cultural shift in how film making was approached.
"Easy Rider" is a film that I wasn’t ready for when I watched it in my teens,…
What remains provocative about Easy Rider is whether its looming, desperate fatalism and study of the late-60s is performative. Regardless of any context, Dennis Hopper's film exists in a sideways place of unfulfilled promises, broken dreams, and long, winding roads, leading to passages where fiction and non-fiction are littered with meaningless details. Is Hopper even acting? Probably not. Does it matter? I can't say if it does. Easy Rider could never be classified as forced, but it ends up along that plane of existence by the end, pre-planned or not. Still, my heart overflows for the soundtrack, which my dad basically copied song-for-song and put on a mixtape titled 'America'. It still makes me laugh.
I hate this expression but in this case it happens to be the truth: Time has not been kind to Easy Rider. So much of its aesthetic, its depiction of freedom and adventure, even specific shots of our two heroes flying down the road on their motorcycles, have become fodder for commercials for banks and life insurance. But what the commercials miss is the heavy cloud of doom, gloom, and fatalism that hangs over almost every scene, with the possible exception of the one featuring Jack Nicholson as straight man to Peter Fonda's world's most laconic marijuana infomercial host.
Unfortunately, even though there are now 45 years of progress standing between us and Easy Rider, it's still the pessimism that…
Lewis and Clark ride again, on an asphalt Sacagawea. When you've already conquered the new frontier, the thrill of discovery is gone. But we'll keep on looking, we got people to do and things to see. Freaks like us, everywhere we go. We'll take the long way home, what could go wrong? I know this place, it's a bad neighborhood. Bad mojo, bad juju, bad company. On the road again. Looking for adventure in whatever comes our way, only something wicked this way comes. The American Dream runs on high-test, but this is a diesel-fueled nightmare. Get on your bikes and ride.
The highway meets the horizon like a needle in the vein. You won't get hooked, man. So they…
Easy Rider is a finely observed movie which unfurls as a caricature of a particular time in America and is one of the essential films in the New Hollywood era of filmmaking. It follows the director of the movie (Dennis Hopper) together with its producer and co-writer (Peter Fonda) as two bikers (Billy and Wyatt respectively) travelling through the American south striving to arrive in time for Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
The movie questioned much of the established Hollywood perception of the time and was the pinnacle of hip revolution with no affectionate love story at its centre as well as having a desperately violent conclusion. It additionally substantiated that significant and anti-establishment films about the mainstream institutions and prominent culture could accomplish marketable prosperity. This still prevails as a representing anecdote of two men searching for the liberation they can never achieve.
Nothing like an ending to leave you in a completely stunned silence, every time.
I’m so endlessly fascinated by the huge disparity between the American films of this era and the 1950s. Looking at 1959 and 1969 films side-by-side, you can start to feel an undercurrent of a new Hollywood—only ten short years saw the death of the classic studio system and the censorship codes, and it’s interesting how films evolved in response to this new found freedom, along with the new political and social problems. Even going beyond the subjects depicted, I love how filmmakers started to experiment so boldly with the film medium itself. The editing in Easy Rider is so distinctive, directly bringing your attention to the technique as an artform, and not just an afterthought in post-production. Anyways, this is a really long-winded review of Easy Rider that barely mentions the film in question and probably sounds like an essay for an introductory college film course, but I genuinely find this era of films so damn interesting!!
really want to reality shift to this universe to smoke weed with yeehaw jack nicholson and dennis hopper
Demasiado mhe, más allá de la fotografía, dirección (sobre todo las transcisiones excelentes), la música y las actuaciones no hay más por destacar, no hay una verdadera trama o conflicto, son unas personas en un viaje en moto por la carretera, los personajes solo importan sus interacciones pues no sabemos mucho de ellos y sus interacciones entre ellos es lo único que nos hace que mínimo nos importen, de hecho las interacciones es lo único que importa de la película ya que como dije no pasa nada realmente. Es de esas películas cuya importancia reside más en la trascendencia de la película que en la propia calidad de la película pues si no me equivocó fue de las primeras películas de motociclistas.
No hay mucho más por analizar, no vale realmente la pena, es entretenida y ya, la recomendaría a alguien que busque ver algo si pretenciones, simple y con personajes carismáticos interactuando entre si.
Todos la quieren, pero a todos les asusta. La libertad a veces es solo seguir la carretera, y buscar un sitio agradable en el que dormir. Conocer gente interesante y coleccionar recuerdos. Escuchar música mientras va cayendo el sol, pensando en los kilómetros que te quedan por delante.
Esta película es una joyita.
Yeah it’s something alright
Dennis Hopper’s picturesque examination of the American landscape is beautiful.
“Da giovane il mio mito era l'attore Dennis Hopper, che in Easy Rider girava il mondo a bordo di un chopper” cit.
Jack Nicholson must have broken his back from carrying this movie.
Una película que demuestra totalmente sus intenciones recién en el último tramo de su relato.
Ácida representación de una sociedad que mediante una travesía que roza lo místico surge una metáfora sobre la búsqueda de una utopía que nunca va a ser hallada por culpa del propio recelo humano a ese fraude llamado “libre albedrío".
If I wanted to be more harsh on this I’d complain that probably 20-30 minutes of this film is just footage of them riding motorcycles with 60s songs playing, but I think there’s enough here to overcome that quibble. It does hold it back from being truly great for me though.
The scenes we get in between all that driving are always interesting and unique though. The performances aren’t earth shatteringly good, bar a young Jack Nicholson who jumps off the screen and steals every scene he’s in.
The ending is brutal and abrupt and I can’t help but think some of that 20-30 minutes of driving footage could have been used to build a more solid narrative structure that would have helped the finale be even more impactful.
Some very interesting, and sometimes rough editing going on as well.
what a soundtrack
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A man went looking for America. And couldn't find it anywhere . . .
Dig it, man! There have been many great films that have tried to document the American counter-culture revolution over the years. However, not many do it better than this outstanding piece of classic American cinema: Easy Rider (1969). A sensational outdoor biker flick, it stars the trio of Henry Fonda, director Dennis Hopper, and the young and sensationally funny Jack Nicholson at the top of their games. Speaking of Nicholson, his performance is nothing less than spectacular, by the way. The film is a poignant artistic expression of a time gone by. A time angry with war and social changes. As such, this movie’s powerful philosophy…
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