Easy Rider

Template:Infobox film Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie directed by Dennis Hopper, and written by Hopper, Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. It tells the story of two bikers who travel through the American Southwest and South for freedom. The success of the movie helped spark the New Hollywood phase of movie making during the early 1970s. The movie was added to the Library of Congress National Registry in 1998.

The movie was said to be a counterculture movie.[1] Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle.

Easy Rider is famous for its use of real drugs in its portrayal of marijuana and other substances.[2]

Awards and honors

Hopper received the First Film Award (Prix de la première œuvre) at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.[3] At the Academy Awards, Nicholson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The movie was also nominated for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced.

The movie is at number 88 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Years, 100 Movies.


  1. "Peter Fonda's Easy Rider auction". Boing Boing. 2007-09-16. Retrieved 2008-10-18.
  2. Interviews in Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage on IMDb Script error: No such module "EditAtWikidata".. A Making-of documentary.
  3. "Festival de Cannes: Easy Rider". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-05.

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