A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.
The generation-defining, youth-oriented, counter-cultural road film classic Easy Rider (1969) by director Dennis Hopper (his debut film) was a late 1960s tale of a search for freedom (or the illusion of freedom) in a conformist and corrupt America, in the midst of paranoia, bigotry and violence. The story contained sex, drugs, casual violence, a sacrificial tale (with a shocking, unhappy ending), and a pulsating rock and roll soundtrack reinforcing or commenting on the film’s themes.
It told about two motorcyclist biker outlaws (drug-dealers), who embarked on a coast-to-coast odyssey across America:
“Captain America” Wyatt (Peter Fonda), cool and introspective, riding on a gleaming, silver-chromed low-riding bike with a ‘stars-and-stripes’ tear-drop gas tank, wearing a tight leather pants held at the waist by a round belt-buckle and a black leather jacket with an American flag emblazoned on the back; also with a ‘stars-and-stripes’ helmet
Billy the Kid (Dennis Hopper), mustached and shaggy, long-haired with a tan-colored bush hat, fringed buckskin jacket, shades, and an Indian necklace of animals’ teeth
The film featured many views of alternate or radical lifestyles:
hippie life in a Southwest commune, including skinny-dipping with Sarah (Sabrina Scharf) and Lisa (Luana Anders)
sex in a New Orleans bordello with hookers, and a psychedelic trip in a nearby graveyard with two prostitutes: Karen (Karen Black) and Mary (Toni Basil).