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Easy Rider (1969)

Easy Rider

This is a classic, and after 35 years since its initial release, Easy Rider still has a viewing audience.  The movie, set in the 1960’s is filled with biker prejudice, free love, good music, violence and of course drugs the total Biker image that Hollywood loves to perpetuate till this day.

Though the lenses of the camera and the sounds of Steppenwolf, the Byrds, and the Electric Prunes, we follow two prototypical hippie bikers living the American Dream.  Almost an odyssey, their quest on the road represents the American biker image of freedom with no responsibilities.

There is story.  And there’s even a brief sequence with Jack Nicholson.  Jack plays, rather well, the part of a small town alcoholic attorney who rides two up with Wyatt (Before riding “bitch became such a stigma).  He is decidedly out of place with his seersucker jacket and old football helmet, but he’s happy and emancipated, more so it seems than the main characters.

The movie is good, not well written but who cares.  The characters are serious, talk little, ride more, party, take drugs, have sex and even die.  It is a movie worth seeing.

My rating: 4.0 stars

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