Easy Rider (1969)
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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
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Fonda and Hopper, it should by this time go without saying, give immense performances.
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.
None of the forced violence, lawlessness, rapist, gratuitous speed aspects of the motorbike clan in this perceptive film.
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?
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.
Wyatt and Billy are more rigidly conformist, their life more narrowly obsessive than that of any broker's clerk on the nine to five.
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.
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.
Despite it all, it's a valuable document of hepcat actors taking snapshots of America circa 1969
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.
The film stands up as a profound period piece that continues to reverberate with the despondent hostilities of modern American existence.
The little road movie of hippie bikers was an odyssey for the era of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll...
Slack but powerful, sentimental yet scathing, experimental but predictable.
Dennis Hopper's seminal road film proved that critical movies of mainstream society could achieve both artistic cache and commercial success.
I don't think I'll watch EASY RIDER again, but it's a well-made piece for sure.
Yeah, yeah. It's dated. So what of it? It kinda rawks.
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