Easy Rider

Trivia: Peter Fonda meets up with two prostitutes in the film. One is Karen Black and the other Toni Basil who gave us that neat little hit Mickey in 1981.

Larry Koehn

Trivia: Originally Dennis Hopper didn't want Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider.


Trivia: When Wyatt, Billy and George Hanson enter the diner, all the people in the diner were local inhabitants of that town - none of them were actors. Same for the two rednecks who shoot Wyatt and Billy from their truck, at the end of the film - they weren't actors and that was their pickup truck.


Trivia: Three of the motorcycles used throughout the film were stolen shortly before the film was finished.

Trivia: Peter Fonda's daughter, Bridget, appears briefly in a crowd scene.

Trivia: Peter Fonda was an experienced motorcycle rider.


Trivia: There was no full script - much of the dialogue was just made up on the spot.


Trivia: Peter Fonda originally wanted Crosby, Stills and Nash to do the soundtrack but after hearing Steppenwolfs "Born To Be Wild" he decided it belonged in the movie.


Trivia: Despite receiving prominent billing, Jack Nicholson doesn't appear until 43 minutes into the film, and has only 17 minutes of screen time.

Trivia: The New Orleans graveyard scene was filmed without a permit. You can hear the very real police cars coming to arrest the cast, sirens blaring. They got out fast.


Trivia: Dennis Hopper modelled his character's look after his good friend David Crosby of the group The Byrds.


Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the redneck cafe scene, George is seen entering wearing his helmet and he can be seen in a mirror to be sitting. When the camera switches to the guys' table, continuing the motion, George's helmet is sitting on the table. (01:04:47)

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Billy: That's what it's all about, man, I mean, like, you know. You go for the big money, man, and you're free! You dig?
Captain America: We blew it. Good night, man.

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Question: What kind of dirt bikes are they riding in the opening scene of Easy Rider? Is it Harley?

Answer: Hopper is riding something British, Triumph or BSA. Hard to tell them apart and both were real common at the time.

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