written by Peter Fonda
, Dennis Hopper
, and Terry Southern
, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two biker
s (played by Fonda and Hopper) who travel through the American Southwest and South
with the aim of achieving freedom
. The success of Easy Rider helped spark the New Hollywood
phase of filmmaking during the late sixties. The film was added to the Library of Congress National Registry
A landmark counterculture
film, and a "touchstone for a generation" that "captured the national imagination," Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie
movement, drug use
, and communal
Easy Rider is famous for its use of real drugs in its portrayal of marijuana and other substances.
The protagonists are two freewheeling hippies: Wyatt (Fonda), nicknamed "Captain America", and Billy (Hopper).
No, I mean it. You've got a nice place. It's not every man that can live off the land, you know. You do your own thing in your own time. You should be proud.
[reading inscription] "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him."
[while tripping on LSD] Oh Mother why didn't you tell me? Why didn't anybody tell me anything?...What are you doing to me now?...Shut up!...How could you make me hate you so?...Oh God, I hate you so much.
Whew. Man, look, I gotta get out of here, man. Now we - we got things we want to do, man, like - I just - uh - I gotta get out of here, man.
You gotta be kidding. I mean, you know who this is, man? This is Captain America. I'm Billy. Hey, we're headliners baby. We played every fair in this part of the country. I mean, for top dollar, too!
[about marijuana] It gives you a whole new way of looking at the day.
Well, you boys don't look like you're from this part of the country. You're lucky I'm here to see that you don't get into anything...Well, they got this here - see - uh - scissor-happy 'Beautify America' thing goin' on around here. They're tryin' to make everybody look like Yul Brynner. They used - uh - rusty razor blades on the last two long-hairs that they brought in here and I wasn't here to protect them. You see - uh - I'm - uh - I'm a lawyer. Done a lot of work for the A.C.L.U.
You can get out of here, if you haven't killed anybody - at least nobody white.
[to guard] Very groovy. Very groovy. See there. I bet nobody ever said that to you.
Here's to the first of the day, fellas. To ol' D. H. Lawrence. Nik-nik-nik-f-f-f-Indians!