Easy Rider (45:39)
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!
Links to: Terry Southern and Jane Fonda and daddy Henry
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)”
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?’
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.