EASY RIDER (18)
D: Dennis Hopper
Pando/Raybert (Peter Fonda)
USA 🇺🇸 1969
W: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper & Terry Southern
DP: Laszlo Kovacs
Ed: Donn Cambern
Peter Fonda (Wyatt), Dennis Hopper (Billy), Jack Nicholson (George Hanson)
Easy Rider is a film which ranks higher on the importance scale than the entertainment one. It's a landmark film in the rise of independent cinema at the tail-end of the 1960's and its influence still factors in modern productions.
The story is minimal, charting the journey of two motorcycle-riding, pot-smoking drifters who travel the American highways hoping to reach Mardi Gras with conflict the in the way being in the shape of rednecks and conservative types finding the duo's way of life unacceptable. A reflection on the changing face of America and the rise of hippy culture.
Jack Nicholson's supporting performance as a civil rights lawyer who joins the two men on their journey is the highlight of the film, a role which confirmed a breakthrough for one of the greatest actors of all time, earning him his first of many nominations for an Academy Award.
A must see movie, if only once.