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Easy Rider
Directed by Dennis Hopper
Produced by Peter Fonda
Written by Peter Fonda
Dennis Hopper
Terry Southern
Starring Peter Fonda
Dennis Hopper
Jack Nicholson
Music by Roger McGuinn
Cinematography Laszlo Kovacs
Editing by Donn Cambern
Studio Raybert Productions
Pando Company Inc.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) July 14, 1969 (1969-07-14)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $360,000
Money made $41,728,598[1]

Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie. It was written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern. It was produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers (played by Fonda and Hopper) who travel through the American Southwest and South. The goal is freedom. The success of Easy Rider 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.[2] 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.[3]

Awards and honors

Hopper received the First Film Award (Prix de la première œuvre) at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.[4] At the Academy Awards, Jack Nicholson was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. 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.


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