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Aug 1-11, 2019 • El Paso, TX Twitter iconFacebook icon

Easy Rider

1969: Everything Changed
Friday, August 9
Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall
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The Sixties rode off into the sunset with a film that signaled a cultural flashpoint for a generation. In Dennis Hopper’s directorial debut, low-level drug dealers Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Hopper), who are “in search of America,” head for Mardi Gras with the spoils of their latest transaction. They discover a nation’s heart of darkness along the way. After a screening, Henry Fonda reportedly told his son: “The film is inaccessible. … I just don’t think many people will get it.” And a studio exec declared: “I don’t know what the (expletive) this picture means, but I know we’re going to make a (expletive) of a lot of money from it.” That’s the irony of Easy Rider, a countercultural statement that the establishment somehow managed to turn into an act of blockbuster commerce.

Tickets are on sale at the Plaza Theatre Box Office and Ticketmaster.com (service charges apply.)

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Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson
Rated: R