Directed by Dennis Hopper
Runining time: 95 mintues
Released in 1969, Easy Rider is the quintessential American road movie, a seminal film that broke the mould of conventional studio productions. Directed by Dennis Hopper and written by Hopper, Terry Southern and Peter Fonda, it stars Hopper and Fonda as Wyatt and Billy, two free-wheeling hippies on a journey across America. Styled as a modern day western, the story begins with Wyatt and Billy's lucrative sale of cocaine to “Connection” (Phil Spector) and their journey by motorcycle to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Through its mostly ad-libbed script, the film explores the social issues rife during 1960s America — the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug culture and communal living — and realistically portrays both the attractions and ramifications of 'dropping out'. A cult classic, Easy Rider is famous for its use of real drugs by the actors and for its enduring images of the American Southwest and South, set to a soundtrack of classic American rock. Shot on a small budget, but a major box office smash hit, it woke Hollywood up to the spending power of young audiences and to hip, socially relevant films. Examining the complexities of American society in the Vietnam era, it exposes the contradiction at the heart of the American ideal – a fear of freedom in the land of the free.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.