Directed by Dennis Hopper
With Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson
Rated R, 95 minutes, 35mm
As Billy and “Captain America,” Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda motored down the highway on their Harley Davidsons to the roaring strains of Steppenwolf’s Born to Be Wild, and the definitive counterculture blockbuster was born. Former clean-cut teen star Hopper’s down-and-dirty directorial debut, Easy Rider heralded the arrival of a new voice in film, one pitched angrily against the mainstream.
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