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Old 08-01-2018, 08:03 PM
 
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I just watched it not too long ago. It's not necessarily a bad movie, but I don't understand all the hype around it. So it's a counterculture movie, so what? What makes this one stand out from the rest of them exactly?
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:44 PM
 
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Well, let's see...

It's a classic road film about discovering America on the highway.
The acting is top-notch.
The cinematography is nothing short of brilliant.

Other than that...

Of course, it's an anti-establishment film, so the conformity-demanding reactionaries absolutely despise it.

"Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em."
--George Hanson (Jack Nicholson), Easy Rider

Rarely have truer words been spoken.
Repped. George's monologue, and George, Billy, and Wyatt's, senseless murder has stayed with me for forty eight years. Hard for me to imagine anyone will was a teen or older during that era who came out of the movie theater not affected by the film.
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:49 PM
 
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I just watched it not too long ago. It's not necessarily a bad movie, but I don't understand all the hype around it. So it's a counterculture movie, so what? What makes this one stand out from the rest of them exactly?
Well great music, great scenery, great characters, and a shocking ending that perfectly sums up the 60s much in the way Altamont did the same year. It shows that the Counterculture dream is in vain. It shows the death of the 60s basically as it was happening.

It also has some pretty good actors including two future Oscar winners yet was basically an Indy film.

And a cameo by Phil Spector in saner times.

Motorcycles, LSD, Skinny Dipping, New Orleans, the Southwest- what's not to like? The rednecks at the end I guess.
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Darn hippies!


Saw this when it premiered in the theater with my dad. I was in high school. I liked it and still think it's a good film. Music is great.
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Old 08-03-2018, 05:46 AM
 
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Saw this back a while ago, and didn't like it at all. Seemed dated, random, and pointless.
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Old 08-03-2018, 05:54 AM
 
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I like old movies. I like movies that are period time capsules. However, I have tried to get through this one a few times, and just never could. Can't put my finger on why, just isn't worth my time. This came out when I was in Junior High (now called Middle School), and I remember all the kids thinking his "Chopper" was cool, but that's about it.
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