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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Easy Rider

Two hippie bikers set out to discover the real America and wind up taking the ultimate bad trip. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson star in the landmark American film.

Road Trip Renegades: One of the first films to resonate with youth counterculture, Easy Rider opened in July 1969 and launched Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson into the Hollywood limelight. The film about motorcycle bikers and their wild escapade from L.A. to Mardi Gras in New Orleans brought in an unexpected $40 million worldwide (a much-needed boost for the lagging industry at the time). It also clinched Academy Award nominations for both stars: Best Screenplay for Fonda and Best Supporting Actor for Nicholson.

Wyatt and Billy are two motorcycle riders (bikers) on their way to Mardis Gras, and encounter hitchhikers, a drunken lawyer, a jail cell, a whorehouse and the death of a friend.

Easy Rider (1969)
(video by Crackle)

Peter Fonda has here the coolness of Zbigniew Cybulski, and Jack Nicholson is incredibly young and incredibly as good as always. As for Dennis Hopper, he made a great cinematic poem, that frees your spirit.



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