Easy Rider

Synopsis: Two young "hippie" bikers, Wyatt and Billy sell some dope in Southern California, stash their money away in their gas-tank and set off for a trip across America, on their own personal odyssey looking for a way to lead their lives. On the journey they encounter bigotry and hatred from small-town communities who despise and fear their non-conformism. However Wyatt and Billy also discover people attempting 'alternative lifestyles' who are resisting this narrow-mindedness, there is always a question mark over the future survival of these drop-out groups. The gentle hippie community who thank God for 'a place to stand' are living their own unreal dream. The rancher they encounter and his Mexican wife are hard-pushed to make ends meet. Even LSD turns sour when the trip is a bad one. Death comes to seem the only freedom. When they arrive at a diner in a small town, they are insulted by the local rednecks as weirdo degenerates. They are arrested on some minor pretext by the local sheriff and t
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director(s): Dennis Hopper
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

You know, I smoked a lot of grass

Oh, Lord, I popped a lot of pills

But I've never touched nothin'

That my spirit could kill

You know, I've seen

a lot of people walkin' 'round

With tombstones in their eyes

But the pusher don't care

If you live or if you die

God damn

The pusher

God damn

Hey, hey, I say the pusher

I said, God damn

God damn the pusher man

Get your motor runnin'

Head out on the highway

Lookin' for adventure

And whatever comes our way

Yeah, darlin'

Gonna make it happen

Take the world in a love embrace

Fire all of the guns at once and

Explode into space

I like smoke and lightnin'

Heavy metal thunder

Racin' with the wind

And the feelin' that I'm under

Yeah, darlin'

Gonna make it happen

Take the world in a love embrace

Fire all of the guns at once and

Explode into space

Like a true nature's child

We were born, born to be wild

We can climb so high

And never wanna die

Born to be wild

Born to be wild

Hey, you got a room?

Hey, man!

You got a room?

You a**hole!

I'm goin' down to Mardi Gras

I'm gonna get me a Mardi Gras queen

Oh, man.

Wow, Mardi Gras, man.

That's gonna be the weirdest, man.

You know what we ought to do

first thing, man?

Go and get us a groovy dinner.

Break out some of that cash, man.

Out here in the wilderness, fighting

Indians and cowboys on every side.

What's the matter?

You zonked? You really zoaned?

No, I'm just kinda tired, man.

Oh, man, you're pulling inside.

You're getting

a little distance tonight.

You're getting

a little distance, baby.


Well, I'm just

getting my thing together.

Yeah, right.

Come on.

It's check-out time.

Hey. Billy.

Oh, man, don't do that.


What can I do for you?

I'd like to fix my flat,

if you don't mind.

No, I don't mind.

Just get in the barn.

You'll find the tools you'll need.

Whoa, baby.

Whoa, honey.

Turn that thing off.

You're making my horse skittish.

That sure is

a good-looking machine.


There you go.

You fellas can sit down here.

Would you mind

taking off your hat?

We thank Thee, O Lord,

for these, Thy gifts...

received from Thy bounty...

in the name of Thy only begotten son,

Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Where you fellas from?


Los Angeles.

Los Angeles.

Is that a fact?

When I was young...

I was headed for California, but...

Well, you know how it is.

Well, you sure got

a nice spread here.

Sure got a lot of 'em.

My wife is Catholic, you know.

Honey, could we have

some more coffee?

No, I mean it.

You've got a nice place.

It's not every man

that can live off the land.

You do your own thing in your own time.

You should be proud.

Well, I'd rather go and journey

Where the diamond crescent's glowing

And run across the valley

Beneath the sacred mountain

And wander through the forest

Where the trees have leaves of prisms

And break the light in colors

That no one knows the names of

And when it's time I'll go and wait

Beside a legendary fountain

Till I see the form reflected

In its clear and jewelled waters

And if you think I'm ready

You may lead me to the chasm

Where the rivers of our vision

Flow into one another

I will want to dive beneath

The white cascading waters

She may beg, she may plead

She may argue with her logic

And mention all the things I learned

That really have no value

In the end she will surely know

I wasn't born to follow

Hey, man, what are you doing?

I gotta talk to you, man.

Everything we ever dreamed of

is in that teardrop gas tank...

and you got a stranger over there

pouring gasoline all over it.

All he's gotta do is look into it

and he can see that...

He won't know what it is, man.

Don't worry, Billy.

Everything's all right.

All right, all right.

I don't know, man.

I do.

Everything's fine, Billy.

- Well...

- That's all taken care of.

I like that.

I pulled in to Nazareth

Was feelin' 'bout half past dead

I just need some place

Where I can lay my head

Hey, mister, can you tell me

Where a man might find a bed

He just grinned and shook my hand

"No" was all he said

Take a load off, Fanny

Take a load for free

Take a load off, Fanny


You put the load right on me

I picked up my bag

I went lookin' for a place to hide

Then I saw old Carmen

and the devil

Walkin' side by side

I said, Hey, Carmen

Come on, let's go downtown

She said, I gotta go

But my friend can stick around

Take a load off, Fanny

Take a load for free

Take a load off, Fanny


You put the load right on me


Take a load off, Fanny

Take a load for free

Take a load off, Fanny


You put the load right on me

- How much further we gotta go, man?

- I don't know.

Not much further.

That's what you said this morning.

I sometimes say it all day.


You say it all day, huh?

We don't have much longer.

We'll be there soon.

We gotta get to Mardi Gras, man.

We're going to Mardi Gras.

Little heart is set on that, huh?

We got a week.

That's a week away, man.

It's a long way to Mardi Gras, baby.

It won't take us a week

to get to New Orleans.


I think I'm gonna crash.

I think you have crashed, man.

I keep seeing things

jumping all over the place.

- Really?

- Yeah, look.

- What is it?

- It's a moth.

- A what?

- Moth.


It's a weird place, man.

Oh, man.

That smoke's getting to me.

But I notice you're not moving.

Where you from, man?

Can I have a light?

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Peter Fonda

Peter Henry Fonda (born February 23, 1940) is an American actor. He is the son of Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda (by first wife Susan Brewer, stepdaughter of Noah Dietrich). Fonda was a part of the counterculture of the 1960s.He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Easy Rider (1969), and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Ulee's Gold (1997). For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. Fonda also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999). more…

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