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  • Easy Rider [1969]: The Original ‘Road Trip’ movie

    Posted by amaranta on June 6, 2015 in Movies


    Genre: Drama
    Director: Dennis Hopper
    Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper

    Easy Rider came out at a time in American history when peace, love, and ‘doing your own thing’ were at their peak.
    The movie is about two bikers who set off on a road trip across America, and in the process come across a range of
    different subcultures – from a free-loving hippie commune, to a hardworking, down-to-earth rancher and his wife.
    The movie explores the joy of being unfettered by conventional norms and judgment. But it also explores the price of
    that freedom. People are afraid of what they don’t understand, and for the average American (even today), long-haired
    bikers on a road trip are to be shunned and feared. We are shown a time before hippies realised their dream had
    cracks in the foundation; before they settled down, got regular jobs, and a house in the suburbs; at a time when they
    proudly ‘stuck it to the Man’. The Easy Rider experience captures that era beautifully. One of the first scenes is
    guaranteed to awaken the traveller in you, and is reason enough to watch the movie: Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy
    (Dennis Hopper) take on the open road, revving their Harleys, with Steppenwolf’s ‘Born to be Wild’ the soundtrack for
    an epic adventure to come. Prepare for a gritty, no-holds-barred exposé of America in the ‘60s, replete with prejudice,
    love, and copious amounts of LSD, cocaine and weed to set the mood.

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