Dennis Hopper directs and stars in this American cult classic. Bikers Billy (Hopper) and Wyatt (Peter Fonda), having just smuggled a huge amount of cocaine across the border from Mexico to LA, sell their haul to the mysterious Connection (Phil Spector) and take off on their bikes in the hope of reaching New Orleans in time for the Mardi Gras festival. After being arrested in Texas for joining a street parade without having the required permit, they meet civil rights lawyer George Hanson (Jack Nicholson) who decides to join them on their journey.
This box-office hit from 1969 is an important pioneer of the American independent cinema movement, and a generational touchstone to boot. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper play hippie motorcyclists crossing the Southwest and encountering a crazy quilt of good and bad people. Jack Nicholson turns up in a significant role as an attorney who joins their quest for awhile and articulates society's problem with freedom as Fonda's and Hopper's characters embody it. Hopper directed, essentially bringing the no-frills filmmaking methods of legendary, drive-in movie producer Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors) to a serious feature for the mainstream. The film can't help but look a bit dated now (a psychedelic sequence toward the end particularly doesn't hold up well) but it retains its original power, sense of daring and epochal impact. -- Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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It needs to be viewed as an historical piece and not compared with modern movie values or indeed modern social values either - watch, digest and enjoy. There has been nothing quite like it before or since.
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