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Tricia's retro film review: Easy Rider

Easy Rider


Easy Rider is the 1969 film directed by Dennis Hopper. Wyatt and Billy are two motorcyclists who have just earned some money from a drug deal. They decide to travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras by motorcycle. They befriend a lawyer named George when they’re arrested. He joins them but is killed by the townsfolk. The duo still has to continue on, so they go to a brothel in his memory. Wyatt and Billy reach New Orleans but their troubles are not over.

This is a pretty good film. It’s refreshing to see bikers who aren’t violent thugs. The worse thing they ever do is make a drug deal, and even then, they do it in a professional manner. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of tracking shots dedicated to driving on the road with the only sound coming from the music. It does a good job of showing the freedom of riding a motorcycle. The plot is more like a series of vignettes, although they’re pretty good. Honolulu film fans should watch this movie.

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