In 1969, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda’s ‘Easy Rider’ Pushed Hollywood Into the ’70s

Published on Jul 12, 2019

In 1969, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda’s ‘Easy Rider’ Pushed Hollywood Into the ’70s

This summer marks multiple 50th anniversary spin-offs of 1969 cultural watersheds, from the first moon landing (Neon’s hit documentary “Apollo 11”) and the Manson family murders (Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) to concert event “Woodstock.”

In the middle of 1969, Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider” opened in New York at one theater, ahead of a slow rollout (most of the country did not play the film until September). Now, on the anniversary of the premiere, Fathom Events is bringing it back to over 400 theaters for limited shows on Sunday and next Wednesday.

Decades later, “Easy Rider” is not remembered so much as a great movie–although it did break out Jack Nicholson as a movie star– but more as a shocking commercial success that shook Hollywood’s timbers. The studio reaction to “Easy Rider” changed the industry forever.

Here’s how “Easy Rider” turned into a pivotal Hollywood moment.

Read full article at: Indiewire

Author: Tom Brueggemann