Easy Rider is a 1969 American independent road drama film written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda, and directed by Hopper. Fonda and Hopper play two bikers who travel through the American Southwest and South, carrying the proceeds from a cocaine deal. The success of Easy Rider helped spark the New Hollywood era of filmmaking during the early 1970s.
Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) are freewheeling motorcyclists. Aftersmuggling cocaine from Mexico to Los Angeles, they sell their haul and receive a large sum of money. With the cash stuffed into a plastic tube hidden inside the Stars & Stripes-painted fuel tank of Wyatt's California-style chopper, they ride eastward aiming to reach New Orleans, Louisiana, in time for the Mardi Gras festival.
|author||Dennis Hopper Peter Fonda Terry Southern|
|award||National Film Registry|
|keywords||aclu addiction alcoholic alcoholism american civil liberties union arrest bad trip beat belong brothel cannabis chopper commune country road flat tire free love gateway drug theory hippie hitch-hiker hitchhike hook land leading to worse drugs leather jacket los angeles lowside crash lowsider lsd lysergic acid diethylamide mardi gras marijuana morning new orleans mardi gras pass pickup truck police officer rid sleep square turn|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay|
|recordedAt||Arizona California Malibu New Mexico New Orleans|
|theme||outlaw biker psychedelic road movie|