Easy Rider | Chicago Reader

Easy Rider

In the oldest, finest tradition of teenpics, Easy Rider (1969) became a hit with kids mainly because adults found it unwatchable. Director Dennis Hopper borrows from the avant-garde to suggest the LSD experience, and some of the trips have a definite flavor of Kenneth Anger and Maya Deren. The film may be a relic now, but it is a fascinating souvenir—particularly in its narcissism and fatalism—of how the hippie movement thought of itself. This was the same year, remember, that Hopper played a heavy offed by John Wayne in True Grit. With Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, and Karen Black.



  • Dennis Hopper


  • Peter Fonda
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Antonio Mendoza
  • Phil Spector
  • Mac Mashourian
  • Warren Finnerty
  • Tita Colorado
  • Luke Askew
  • Luana Anders
  • Sabrina Scharf
  • Sandy Wyeth
  • Robert Walker
  • George Fowler Jr.
  • Toni Basil
  • Karen Black


  • Dennis Hopper
  • Terry Southern


  • Bert Schneider
  • Peter Fonda

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