May 17th, 2013: Easy Rider (1969)

Easy Rider

Cast and Crew:  Lazlo Kovacs (Director of Photography); Phil Spector, Toni Basil, Karen Black, Bridget Fonda, Dan Haggerty, Carrie Snodgress

What It’s About:  Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) sell some drugs and use the proceeds on a motorcycle trip from Los Angeles to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, in search of America.

Why Watch it Today?:  Dennis Hopper, born on this date in 1936, earned much of his fame and reputation with Easy Rider, which he directed and co-wrote with Peter Fonda and Terry Southern.  The film features breathtaking scenery (especially if you get to see it on the big screen), functioned as Jack Nicholson’s breakout film, and is a perfect time capsule.

2 comments on “May 17th, 2013: Easy Rider (1969)

  1. theelderj says:

    My father had me watch this movie at an uncomfortably early age (sixth grade) to illustrate what his life had been like. I still don’t know how much of that claim was BS.

    • professormortis says:

      I saw it my freshman year at our alma mater…part of the USEM course I took, which was all on road trips. Films they showed included La Strada and Thelma and Louise (which I missed). This one, I swear it was either a regular showing or maybe it was part of a film class and we just got tipped off to see it…and man, was it beautiful on the big screen in the theater that’s in, I want to say Rabb? It definitely wasn’t the really nice theater in Sacher. In any case, I can’t imagine watching this in 6th grade with my dad. Or having my dad tell me this was “like my life.”

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