Easy Rider (1969)

Easy Rider (45:39)

Easy Rider 2

Get your motor runnin’ because our 77th edition revs up the hippy bike movie. Jack Nicholson became a star, Peter Fonda became the icon of cool and Dennis Hopper became a madman (and he also directed one of the most influential films in history). If you want to know what we thought of this ‘un, don’t blow it like Billy & Wyatt. Listen! Also, go get yourself some Sparkplug Coffee!


Easy Rider on Wikipedia

Links to: Terry Southern and Jane Fonda and daddy Henry

AFI’s Top 100 lists

1969 Academy Award winners and nominees

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls book on Wikipedia and documentary on IMDb

Links to: The Grapes Of Wrath and Midnight Cowboy and Bonnie And Clyde and The Graduate and The Last Movie and The Limey

YouTube links: “Born To Be Wild” and Fonda breaks character and laughs at the fireside (at the 4:25 mark) and The Weight montage and Nicholson’s fireside scene and the acid trip in the graveyard and “Why don’t you get a hurr-cut” and Fonda’s speech about the `60s in The Limey

Next week on the T100P: Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid


2 thoughts on “Easy Rider (1969)

  1. No argument from me about the ending being abrupt! Having said that, the ending is pretty much all I remember about a film that I enjoyed enough once and admire for its influence, but overall it didn’t register with me in a long-term way.

    Oh, and speaking of the type of indie filmmaking ER influenced, how about a Not 100 podcast on ‘Slacker?’

    1. Probably not. We’ve got maybe 5 more Not 100s and Slacker has no chance of making that cut. I don’t think the movie is all that great. Definitely an interesting debut and it set Linklater’s tone, but I wouldn’t call it a great movie.

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