October 20, 2009
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Runtime: 95 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
This landmark film stars Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper as Wyatt (alias Captain America) and Billy, respectively. After closing a big-time coke deal in L.A., the two bikers head their hogs east, trying to discover the real America on the way to Mardi Gras. On the way, they cruise Monument Valley, spend some time at a commune, get thrown in jail, and try to deal with the negative vibes their hippie regalia provokes in most of the citizenry.
Directed by Dennis Hopper at the age of 31 for a mere $340,000, this film went on to make multiple millions and change the pop culture landscape. This often-imitated-but-never-duplicated movie defined a generation and has a great soundtrack (featuring the Byrds, the Band, Steppenwolf, Jimi Hendrix, the Electric Prunes, and more). Record producer Phil Spector is also featured in the film, and late novelist Terry Southern (THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN) collaborated with Hopper and Fonda on the script. The film also features a riotous turn by Jack Nicholson.
Two motorcyclists embark on a coast-to-coast odyssey in search of real America, encountering along the way the many faces of its big cities and small towns, a hippie commune, drugs, and sex in a New Orleans bawdy house. This often-imitated but never-duplicated movie defined a generation and has a great soundtrack. Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actor--Jack Nicholson, Best (Original) Story and Screenplay.
"Easy Rider" was Dennis Hopper's directorial debut.
The laserdisc (#10866) includes an audio track with commentary by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Paul Lewis.
The film cost $340,000 to make; it grossed $19 million in the US alone.