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easy rider

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Threesomes, punch-ups, shoot-outs and a kilo of grass...

Threesomes, punch-ups, shoot-outs and a kilo of grass... The production of Easy Rider, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s free-wheeling motorcycle movie that signalled the counterculture’s siege on mainstream Hollywood, was a turbulent one. Yet despite troubles behind
the camera and rather strained relations between Fonda and Hopper – who between them took on writing, directing
and production duties, as well as starring roles – the pair created a perceptive dissection of a country in crisis. Forty years on from acclaim in Cannes, the movie comes to Blu-ray package with Hopper’s sincere commentary and ‘Shaking The Cage’, a documentary that succeeds in detailing the chaos of making Easy Rider without glorifying the excess. By the late ’60s, the fabric of American society was beginning to fray. Anti-
Vietnam sentiment was rife and the civilrights movement was resorting to violent protest. The summer of love was over and the liberal idealism of the hippy movement had failed. As Hopper says in his chat-track, America was an amoral society, with hard drug use becoming increasingly popular; getting the masses high had become a viable business

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: 1970-01-01T00:00:00Z

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