Easy Rider: The Initiation of Dennis Hopper

Content by Tony Macklin. Originally published on September 1, 1969 @ Film Heritage.

In November of 1968, after I had screened Easy Rider, I had a memorable dinner with director/actor Dennis Hopper, at a posh restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio - just the two of us.

He turned out to be a wine aficionado. Imagine scruffy Billy (the Kid) was a connoisseur of the grape!

All evening, Hopper kept trying to find out how the movie Head, starring The Monkees, and written by Jack Nicholson and director/writer Bob Rafelson, had opened in New York City that day. [Bert Schneider and Rafelson had produced both Head and Easy Rider.] Unfortunately, the opening was dismally soft.

Easy Rider was released in 1969.

At dinner that night, wine flowed, as did Dennis.

Reflections on a conversation with Dennis Hopper.

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