Easy Rider

Lexi's Midnight Runners presents big classics in the wee small hours, for only £7

Showing Times

Fri 24 Nov 23:30

Two self-righteous, drug-fuelled hippies (Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) ride across the States after completing a big drug deal, aiming to get to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras.  They pass through limitless, iconic landscapes; a hippie commune; a graveyard (complete with hookers); and also through narrow-minded small towns where they are regarded with suspicion for the length of their hair and their free-wheeling drug use.  

"A man went looking for America, and couldn't find it anywhere."  That tagline from the original poster seems just as relevant, in a different way, today.  In 1969, though, this quintessential buddy road movie unwittingly marked the end of the hippie counterculture at the same time as it heralded the birth of 'New Hollywood', American independent film making. Stylistically, it rode roughshod over film making conventions, and it featured a pulsating sound track which includes Steppenwolf, Bob Dylan, The Birds and Jimi Hendrix.  It will also be remembered for showcasing Jack Nicholson's first of many indelible characterisations.  It won 'Best Film by a new director' at Cannes that year, and it was nominated for 2 Oscars.  It made back $40m internationally on its $400,000 budget.  It showed that there was a brand new audience out there, but ultimately the drug-fuelled, orgiastic working methods of its cast and crew (Fonda was producer, Hopper director and Nicholson co-scriptwriter) didn't successfully spawn a new way of making films.  It remains a true original!


Film Information

110 mins

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