This film, which deals with the belief in freedom and adventure and a particular attitude towards life in the late sixties, became a cult movie for a whole generation. In addition to playing the lead roles, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda wrote the screenplay.
The film's commitment to the freedom of each individual to create his/her own life independent from society was, of course, also reflected in the choice of motorbike. Because Harley-Davidson was not prepared to supply new motorbikes for the film, the film-makers converted 51/52 series panhead police bikes into Billy Bike and Captain America, as they appear in the film.
The irony of the whole story is that it was Easy Rider that saved the Harley-Davidson brand from disappearing, because following the film, the American motorbike manufacturer started delivering the Chopper models, inspired by the converted bikes, straight out of the factory.
Starting immediately, the Tantus Photo Gallery is presenting set photos from the cult movie Easy Rider from the Everett Collection.
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