Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. (IMDb)
I read afterwards that Fonda and Hopper were drunk and high most of the time when filming this (writing it as they went) and you can tell, for better or for worse: In its camerawork and writing, it certainly carries with it a refreshing air of authenticity and spontaneity (the campfire discussions are both provoking–“They see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em”–and unexpected: “We blew it”), but it also often comes off as just plain lazy and pretentious (see the requisite drug trip scene).
I found it very loose in its execution. But I do like how it’s sticking its middle finger up to the bigots and the intolerant. It’s in love the beauty of the natural landscapes, rock music and the old west.
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for sure! i’m with you there. had a great aesthetic and cool stick-it-to-the-man sort of message. just found it to be a little toooo loosey-goosey at times 😛