Easy Rider : The Original ‘Road Trip’ movie
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.