Easy Rider

EASY RIDER

Review: Two bikers set off on a cross-country trek to New Orleans from L.A.
Director: Dennis Hopper
Actors: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Phil Spector, Warren Finnerty, Luke Askew, Luana Anders, Sabrina Scharf, Robert Walker Jr. and Carmen Phillips
Year: 1969
Genre: Action, Adventure and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
This film wouldn’t be half as good if it wasn’t for the brilliant soundtrack and also for Jack Nicholson’s performance. For me he wasn’t in it half as much as I would have liked and I would have liked to have seen much more of him. His screen time was only 17 minutes. Both Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda appeared in a film called The Trip (1967), which was written by Jack Nicholson. It is said that Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda did not write a full script for the movie, and made most of it up as they went along. In the original ending we were going to see Billy and Wyatt use the money from their deal to buy a boat in Key West and sail into the sunset but this was changed. In the book Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics it quotes about this film “Wyatt and Billy are searching for the true American Dream – freedom – but discover that no matter how far they travel, they cannot escape the restrictive American “establishment””.  

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