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Easy Rider

Action & Adventure and Cult Movies movie

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Haiku review: trippy and hippy, but definitely essential viewing -- captures the late '60s American mood like no other film

  • Jul 18, 2009
American dreams
Drugs, cash, girls -- an endless highway
It's true, we blew it

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review by . July 14, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****    I'm always saying that I watch movies because I want an experience; and the experience itself is like my high. No doubt, most people would say they've got drugs for shit like that; but a movie is either more or less messy, and the long term effects that it can have on you aren't painful. Sometimes they are life-changing and inspiring. This is true to me, and it might not be true to others, but to all whom the truth does apply to; "Easy Rider" is one of those …
review by . June 23, 2002
Most of the negative reviews here criticise this movie as being dated and for idolising the waster culture - possibly related criticisms - but it's difficult to see how you could justify either except on a very cursory consideration of the film. Easy Rider absolutely refuses to idolise the sixties ideal, and it is not to my eyes even vaguely dated (I say this having seen it for the first time last night, thirty three years late). The golden thread running through this film is that THE PARTY'S OVER, …
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This box-office hit from 1969 is an important pioneer of the American independent cinema movement, and a generational touchstone to boot. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper play hippie motorcyclists crossing the Southwest and encountering a crazy quilt of good and bad people. Jack Nicholson turns up in a significant role as an attorney who joins their quest for awhile and articulates society's problem with freedom as Fonda's and Hopper's characters embody it. Hopper directed, essentially bringing the no-frills filmmaking methods of legendary, drive-in movie producer Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors) to a serious feature for the mainstream. The film can't help but look a bit dated now (a psychedelic sequence toward the end particularly doesn't hold up well), but it retains its original power, sense of daring, and epochal impact.--Tom Keogh
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Genre: Cult Movies, Action, Adventure
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
Runtime: 95 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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