Peter Fonda (Wyatt), Dennis Hopper
(Billy), Jack Nicholson (George Hanson)
Easy Rider is a film which ranks higher on the
importance scale than the entertainment one. It's a landmark film in the rise of independent cinema at the tail-end of the 1960's and its influence still factors in modern
The story is minimal, charting the journey of two
motorcycle-riding, pot-smoking drifters who travel the American highways hoping to reach Mardi Gras with conflict the in the way being in the shape of rednecks and conservative types
finding the duo's way of life unacceptable. A reflection on the changing face of America and the rise of hippy culture.
Jack Nicholson's supporting performance as a civil
rights lawyer who joins the two men on their journey is the highlight of the film, a role which confirmed a breakthrough for one of the greatest actors of all time, earning him his
first of many nominations for an Academy Award.