Easy Rider

Release Date: 1969

R |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper), two Harley-riding hippies, complete a drug deal in Southern California and decide to travel cross-country in search of spiritual truth. On their journey, they experience bigotry and hatred from the inhabitants of small-town America and also meet with other travelers seeking alternative lifestyles. After a terrifying drug experience in New Orleans, the two travelers wonder if they will ever find a way to live peacefully in America.

Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector, Mac Mashourian, Warren Finnerty, Tita Colorado

Director: Dennis Hopper

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: 1970s, Quest, Cool

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Someday it was inevitable that a great film would come along, utilizing the motorcycle genre, the same way the great Westerns suddenly made everyone realize they were a legitimate American art form, Easy Rider is the picture. show more

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    A finely observed film but insufficiently developed as a satire of middle America. [Review of re-release] show more

  • 100
    Marjorie BaumgartenAustin Chronicle

    Fonda and Hopper’s now-classic film hit the old guard with the force of a rifle shot to the head. [Review of re-release] show more

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Nominated Writing (Story and Screenplay - Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced)