Episode #9: Easy Rider

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In episode #9 we discuss Dennis Hopper's directorial debut: Easy Rider. Wyatt and Billy are two bikers with an anti-establishment lifestyle. After netting a big score in a drug deal, the two friends set off on a cross-country journey where they'll experience the best and worst that society has to offer.

SHOWNOTES

Easy Rider - Criterion Collection

Directed by Dennis Hopper

Written by Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Terry Southern

Notable Cast:

Dennis Hopper - Billy

Peter Fonda - Wyatt

Jack Nicholson - George (young Jack Nicholson looks similar to Walter Goggins known for Justified and Vice Principals)

Family Connections:

Peter Fonda (Henry’s son)

Bridget Fonda (Peter’s daughter)

Jane Fonda (Henry’s daughter)

Henry Fonda (was featured in episode #1: 12 Angry Men)

American Chopper was a television documentary series that aired on the Discovery Channel

Top Gear (BBC) aired an episode (series 9 - episode #3) where the hosts had a dangerous encounter in the American south.

Training Day (starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke) was another movie with a weird drug scene.

Requiem for a Dream was another movie with many weird drug scenes.

Mad Men (season 5 episode 6 - Far Away Places) featured Roger and Jane Sterling take LSD

Trail Magic is a hiking tradition of doing charity unto others

Music that we mention (not necessarily in the movie):

Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Wasn’t Born to Follow - The Byrds

Signs - Five Man Electrical Band

Slow Ride - Foghat (written in 1975)

Product placements:

Jim Beam

Enco Gas

Coca-Cola

Pepsi Co

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Budweiser

Citgo

CAT

9 episodes available. A new episode about every 26 days averaging 54 mins duration .