Sex, drugs, hookers, bikers, prejudice, death ~ in six words I summed up this movie.
When released it caused quite a stir. We were just dipping into that pot known as sex and drugs. Still somewhat virgin territory. I suppose to the young person viewing this today it would seem like a decent enough but no big deal movie but barely a creditable story line. I've re-watched it myself and wonder what the big deal was!
The Ride Hopper and Fonda, hippies on motorcycles. They decide to make the trek to New Orleans and the Mardi Gras. Along the way they make the mistake of adding their rides' to an apple pie parade in a small Texas town. The town fathers take great offense to this. Hippies - dirty, filthy things that they are - do not belong in their town. Add motorcycles OMG, Mabel, could these be <gasp> Hells Angels?' They get tossed in the hoosgow and run into Nicholson, town drunk. An attorney, but a drunk.
Nicholson uses his wiles (even back then he had wiles), gets them out and joins their little caravan as a ride along. His goal? The House of Blue Lights bordello.
He is introduced to his first joint with these guys and goes into a truly hysterical Jack Nicholson-type monologue about Venus and the fact that Venusians have already inhabited the Earth. Worth the price of the movie alone.
The threesome visit a local eatery and are snubbed - dang long haired hippie freaks and queers - by the resident rednecks. That night these freedom loving, protect our women and our town, self-righteous snobs attack the trio killing Nicholson. The remaining boys continue on, stopping at the House of Blue Lights in Nicholson's honor.
Now, I have always questioned the ending of this movie and cannot even ask my questions without giving the ending away. I can only say, was it deliberate or an accident - then followed up by a deliberate to cover up an accident???????
The End of the Ride Once upon a time there were three little known actors - Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson - who hopped on their Harleys and rode into history. What made this durn near a cult classic? Was it the clean idea of freedom? Although the movie shows that freedom has its' price.
Was it because we were a~~hole deep in the Viet Nam Conflict but these guys weren't? Although the movie shows you don't have to leave home to come face to face with death.
Was it because these guys did drugs, visited ho houses, debauched with the best of them, while we sat in our cubicles and stared out our windows at life? Although the movie shows how they got a look at their life.
Easy Rider was an enigma.
Writer/Producer/Star: Peter Fonda Writer/Director/Star: Dennis Hopper Writer: Terry Southern
Two Academy Award nominations.
Note: there has been some scuttlebutt that Fonda has bought up the rights and is going to re-release this movie, including a good deal of footage left out in the original.....anxious to see if this happens.
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A landmark in film history, EASY RIDER blew the studio doors open for more young directors than any film before or since, helping to create the wide-open climate that would lead to the production of many outstanding films in the 1970s. As its director, Dennis Hopper is usually given the lion's share of credit for the film's success, but the revelations of time suggest that the contributions of the late Terry Southern and, to some degree, Jack Nicholson have endowed the film with much of its residual power. <br> <br> Starring Peter Fonda as Wyatt (alias Captain America) and Hopper as Billy, it traces the hippie duo's adventures as they mount their seriously chopped hogs on a journey to find the real America en route to Mardi Gras. In Arizona, they visit a commune whose members are having a tough time, and in a small Texas town they're jailed for joining a parade. But they're quickly sprung by an ACLU lawyer, the quirky, hard-drinking George Hanson (Jack Nicholson), who accepts their offer to join them o...