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Old 07-30-2018, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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It has been almost fifty years since "Easy Rider" was released in 1969. It was an epic for the Sixties counterculture. But has it aged well? Is it just a camp classic? Or are the messages of the film still relevant?
In an obituary for Dennis Hopper, a claim is made that "Easy Rider" could be a conservative morality tale.
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:05 PM
 
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As a biker born 10 years after it came out I’ve tried several times and never made it through the whole thing at once. Plus Fonda sucks.

Born Losers is a million times better.
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:39 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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I think it's a classic.

Fonda has a lot of plans for the 50th anniversary next year for “Easy Rider,” which earned Oscar nominations for him, Hopper and Terry Southern for screenplay and supporting actor for Jack Nicholson.

“Easy Rider,” which revolved around two drug dealing hippies biking from the California -Mexico border to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, connected with the young audience of the era in ways no other film had done. “That audience was not something that the establishment knew anything about or how to reach,” noted Fonda.


Classic Hollywood: Nearly 50 years after 'Easy Rider,' Peter Fonda plays
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:57 AM
 
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I love Easy Rider. Great time capsule of that era.
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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nit nit nit Indians!
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:00 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I didn’t even like it upon release, and I was a head back then.
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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This is an adventure movie, heavy on the hippie way. Nicholson is educated to a new way of thinking about the flower children, lol. They are super cool, everyone else is square, and rednecks are always mean and evil people, who ride around in the back of a pickups with shotguns, and blow away hippies on motorcycles. There was a number of movies in this time period that had messed up endings like that, which otherwise might have been much better to see multiple times. I've only seen this one maybe 2 or 3 times, not really all that impressed with it, other than the cool motorcycle Peter Fonda was riding. Much prefer the more typical motorcycle gang movies of that era, like The Wild Angels, much more entertaining and probably closer to the bike culture of the day, than Easy Rider.
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Old 08-01-2018, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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...has it aged well?
yes. A solid performance, script, film is timeless. Dennis Hopper did a fine job.

#463 TSPDT They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

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Old 08-01-2018, 07:53 PM
 
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I've never liked it, and could never figure out the appeal.
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Under Moon & Star
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I've never liked it, and could never figure out the appeal.
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.
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