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Easy Rider

Released 1969
Distributor Columbia

Dennis Hopper’s counterculture classic started out as one more drive-in biker flick but morphed into something deeper, the right picture at the right time to sum up the 1960s and question the American Dream. Peter Fonda, in his Stars and Stripes leather jacket, represents every young person who was losing faith in that dream. A kick in the pants to the Hollywood establishment that jump-started the indie movement of the ’70s.

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About Michael Lehmann

Michael Lehmann has directed nine feature films, including HeathersHudson HawkThe Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Because I Said So.  Among his numerous television directing credits are HomicideThe West WingThe Larry Sanders Show, Big Love, Californication, American Horror Story, Dexter and True Blood. He recently wrote and directed Betas, a pilot for Amazon Studios that has been ordered to series.

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