Freedom: This is the first word that comes to mind when I think about Easy Rider. This ‘modern Western’ film with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper covers the aspects of the counterculture at the time in 1969. ‘Counterculture’ was a blanket term used for the ‘Beats’ of the ‘50s and early ‘60s, and then the hippies of the late ‘60s and ‘70s. Stemmed from how unhappy people were following the war in America, hippies united by embracing a bohemian lifestyle.
This movie shows what people thought about hippies at the time who were just trying to embrace their freedom and how they were treated across the country.
Easy Rider is part of history. Not only for its story, but it cost only about $360,000 to make and made around 60$ million in the box office. Fonda and Hopper did more than play the leading roles; they wrote this film (with help from ), which would be watched by millions of people all over the world.
We invite you to take a more in-depth look into the meaning behind the film and even some fun facts from behind the scenes.