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Easy Rider (1969)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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Tossing wristwatches away, two bikers hit the road to find America in Dennis Hopper's anti-establishment classic. After a major cocaine sale to an L.A. connection (Phil Spector), free-wheeling potheads Billy (Hopper) and Wyatt, aka Captain America (Peter Fonda, who also produced), motor eastward to party at Mardi Gras before "retiring" to Florida with the riches concealed in Wyatt's stars-and-stripes gas tank. As they ride through the Southwest, they take a hitchhiker (Luke Askew) to a


Drama, Action & Adventure

Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern

Dec 7, 1999

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (6) | DVD (30)

Fonda and Hopper, it should by this time go without saying, give immense performances.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A film important to and influential in the flower-power late '60s, Easy Rider now seems like a narcissistic hodgepodge of travelogue and passion play.

April 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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None of the forced violence, lawlessness, rapist, gratuitous speed aspects of the motorbike clan in this perceptive film.

June 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film may be a relic now, but it is a fascinating souvenir -- particularly in its narcissism and fatalism -- of how the hippie movement thought of itself.

June 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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[A] simplistic amalgam of travelogue and the zoom lens.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Hopper, Fonda and their friends went out into America looking for a movie and found instead a small, pious statement (upper case) about our society (upper case), which is sick (upper case). It's pretty but lower case cinema.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (3)
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Though deserving of its esteemed status on account of the cinematic revolution it spawned, the feature itself is something of a relic. But since when isn't it fascinating to reflect on the fossils of the past?

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Age hasn't been kind to it but Easy Rider is still a trip.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

This is a glorious widescreen vision of a hot and bothered America, at once beautiful and lost. Yes, it has dated, but its pessimistic last gasp ("We blew it...") still carries a prescient sting.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Wyatt and Billy are more rigidly conformist, their life more narrowly obsessive than that of any broker's clerk on the nine to five.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: The Nation
The Nation

unlike earlier films that exploited the sensational nature of their subject matter and did little else, Easy Rider borrowed its attitude and aesthetics from the various European new waves and sought to be about something.

December 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

like all great films, with a finger firm on the pulse of the entire spirit of the age, it predicted in terms brutal and eloquent the end of the whole fucking thing.

June 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Despite it all, it's a valuable document of hepcat actors taking snapshots of America circa 1969

December 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

More than anything else, the thing that gives Easy Rider its legendary status is that it's an indie film that became the spokesperson for a decade when Hollywood was preoccupied with other concerns.

October 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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The film stands up as a profound period piece that continues to reverberate with the despondent hostilities of modern American existence.

May 5, 2009 Full Review Source:

The little road movie of hippie bikers was an odyssey for the era of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll...

April 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

The ultimate "road trip" movie.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Slack but powerful, sentimental yet scathing, experimental but predictable.

June 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dennis Hopper's seminal road film proved that critical movies of mainstream society could achieve both artistic cache and commercial success.

June 21, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

I don't think I'll watch EASY RIDER again, but it's a well-made piece for sure.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source:

Yeah, yeah. It's dated. So what of it? It kinda rawks.

September 10, 2005

Audience Reviews for Easy Rider

The story of two rogue men, choppers on the open road with cocaine in their gas tanks, struck a chord with America in the waning sixties, when turmoil from war, poverty, and rioting in the streets caused uproar from the population. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper play two misfits who are judged by those around them, and their only whim seems to be for the freedom to be who they want and to do what they want. Sure, they do illegal things, indulge a bit too much, but they're wild, they're free. They live on the road, sleep in the brush, and do whatever they want, with malice or love. Surprisingly the story also deals with the prejudice exacted from those in the Deep South who find their hair, their clothes, and their lifestyle, to be against what is right and American. The extent of that hatred runs deep, makes the story all the more amazing, and makes them caged by adversity and disapproval. It's just a very freeing and beautiful film, made all the more interesting by the great performances by Hopper, Fonda, and a supporting role for Jack Nicholson as a lawyer with a twisted sense of humor.
April 1, 2014

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So much has already been said and written about this film to it's pretty hard to add anything new without inevitably rehashing cliches.

Yes, it is a genuine classic, and one of the best/most important/most influential of all time.

Now, that being said, when looking at this plot-light road movie about two hippie bikers driving motorcycles across the American Southwest in search of America/the American Dream solely as a MOVIE, it's honestly not all that good, and doesn't hold up as well. As a slice of life glimpse into the death of 60s idealism and the counterculture, and as an experience/cultural and historical milestone, then yeah, it's rock solid.

Filled to the brim with groundbreaking aesthetics, style, and one of the most killer soundtracks ever, this truly is mandatory viewing. Oh yeah, and the iconic performances and message don't hurt either.
April 15, 2013
Chris Weber

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Perfectly vibing the disenchantment of the post-Vietnam, post-civil rights, post-summer of love America (the new noir, with a touch of cowboy thrown in for flavor), Hopper and Fonda ARE the guys your parents warned you about (or said you were gonna be), looking for the big score to-get-away-from-it-all at last. What they find instead is one spaced out country,man, and a bit of film history. The LSD trip segment alone is worth the entire film, and that's only one part of it. They nail it.
December 20, 2012

Super Reviewer

'Easy Rider' is unquestionably important, it's a seminal film. It was a large contributing factor to the birth of an era of burgeoning talent and art that produced many of the greatest films ever made. Easy Rider is a transgressive, political film; few creations have been so lauded for capturing the zeitgeist.

However, to a modern audience, I feel it's more of an artefact than a film. To be frank, I didn't particularly enjoy it. I didn't find it that interesting, it didn't resonate with me that much. One connection it made with me was how it almost shattered that romanticised idea of riding the highways of America. Well, it didn't shatter it, but it certainly shows the potential emptiness of the experience. However, I'd still love to drive around America, but I'd gladly ditch the spirituality for clean hotel rooms and nice corpulent plates of Americana. I'd also prefer a muscle car.

So, given its legacy, 'Easy Rider' is a hard film to judge. It would be ignorant of me to totally trash it, but I do think it's overrated, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it.
December 2, 2012
Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins

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    1. Wyatt (Captain America): You know, Billy. We blew it.
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