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EASY RIDER
Presented by PETER FONDA
Columbia, 1969
PRINCIPAL CAST Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson
DIRECTOR Dennis Hopper
PRODUCER Peter Fonda
SCREENWRITERS Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern
Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper – as Captain America and Wyatt – hop onto their choppers and head out on the highway, destined to find an America bitterly divided by changing attitudes, generational conflict and radical perspectives on the Vietnam War. On the way they pick up Jack Nicholson's George Hanson, who gets turned on and tuned in to their counterculture embrace of sex, drugs and rock n' roll. EASY RIDER was and remains an anthemic leader in the 1960s' discourse on freedom and defiance, individualism and patriotism.

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