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I saw EASY RIDER on TV over 43 years ago, and it is a powerful indictment of late 20th Century America: Americans like to imagine an "ideal" of freedom, and talk about "fighting for freedom", but when it comes right down to it, most Americans are fearful when confronted by free-thinking people. The non-linear and time-shifting that goes on during the LSD trip are revolutionary. A wake-up call for America: look at yourself in the mirror. What is the purpose of life? How can I best serve my fellow man? Prejudice, parochial attitudes, and guns lead to losses of life, and nothing is more precious than life. Also, that hard drugs lead to an early demise? The Rock and Roll music score is outstanding,and the entire movie is a good companion piece to WOODSTOCK. The film is a parable on how the Flower Children of Peace movement, and the peaceful hippies with their sharing, caring, "my brother's keeper" attitudes, was violently and ruthlessly suppressed by the new Nixon Administration. The elucidation at the campfire over a Joint by Jack Nicholson about the real reason for UFO and Alien Life information suppression by the Establishment is that there are those behind the scenes with lots of cash who want to maintain the status quo, not advance the USA and the world into an age of peace, love, and Vacuum-converted free-energy. A low-budget Masterpiesce!
- Graham Thomas
Except for Jack's performance, and Captain America's bike, almost unwatchable now.
- kevin sellers
Dennis Hopper's best movie (indeed, the only good one he directed, in my opinion) is still powerful, although, alas, somewhat dated. Especially ridiculous when viewed today is the LSD trip in the New Orleans cemetery, where Hopper tries for a mood of terror, only to come up with laughter. However, Jack Nicholson's burst onto the big time is still fun to watch, while the scenes at the New Mexican commune manage to get to the spirit of what the 60s were all about. And the ending still shocks, although it's been telegraphed by Nicholson's earlier death. Let's give it an A minus. P.S. If you want to feel like you're virtually back in the 60s, check out "Gimme Shelter."
Strong candidate for seminal flick of the 60's: an expose of the times, R&R score, excellent cast, writing, editing and locations. Perhaps you had to be there ...
We blew it
This one of the essentials, a socratic dialog on freedom in the guise of a biker pic, brilliantly acted and directed.
- Dashiell B.
The counter-culture road movie that marked a renaissance in film making. Two hippies planning to sell drugs in New Orleans ride to their destination. Hopper & Fonda work excellently in front-of & behind the camera, Nicholson earned his first Oscar nomination as an lawyer who shares in the hippies philosophies. The cinematography and score make great use of the film's themes of freedom & escapism, tapping into how the youths of the nation viewed mainstream culture. The ending however, suggest that not everybody shares the same ideals and that freedom comes with a high price. I give it a 5/5.
Values Not Prejudices
- Tony DeMint
When small town values meet city immorals this is what happens. Good movie, I guess, I usually root for the underdog, but in this case, I really could care less. The bikers are sterotypes of losers of the time and in the end get what comes them. It would have been a bit bolder from a direction POV to have one of them "grow-up" and start acting adult to contrast to the already flat characters. All in all it is an okay film.
- Louis Bonomo
Great Movie, However Cablevision cut off with 10 minutes left in the movie. So this damn review is incomplete. Please show it again!
This is still the best movie ever made about motorcycles as well as hippies although it isn't about either one. It's actually about materialism. What is life really about is what it deals with. The American flag on the gas tank with the money hidden in it should give you a hint. Fonda and Hopper make the big drug score and don't have to work anymore. Isn't that everyones dream? To make enough money to never work again? They travel from farm to commune to small town passing up each way of life preferring instead to party. Fonda realizes their mistake. The whole movie is packed with symbolism. Hint: motorcycles symbolize the horse. The two lead characters are Billy and Wyatt......get it?