In order to get enough money to be free of the restrictions of society and undertake a motorcycle trip to the Mardi Gras, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper act as go-betweens in the sale of a large quantity of dope. On the trip they pick up a hitchhiker who takes them to a small hippie settlement where they frolic with a couple of girls. Later they are arrested in a southern town where they meet lawyer-alcoholic Jack Nicholson who is intrigued by their "freedom" and joins them. One night they are attacked by local toughs, and Nicholson is killed. When Hopper and Fonda reach New Orleans they visit a brothel that was high on Nicholson's agenda where they pick up a couple of prostitutes and take an acid trip in a cemetery. The trip is a bad one, and, although Hopper feels the two have succeeded, Fonda tells him that "we blew it." Outside of town the two young men are shot to death by a tobacco-chewing hillbilly.
The youth market seems to have its own jungle-drum communication system, and word is out on "Easy Rider" already. The extensive pop score will get air play, the hippie costumes and Fonda's Captain America outfit are exploitable. Screenings for school groups etc., should spark discussions on drugs, the generation gap, etc.
A man went looking for America... and couldn't find it anywhere! Columbia 94 mins.