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- 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?