Slim-budget, generation-defining movie. Two young men in late 1960s undertake a motorcycle trek throughout the Southwest in search of the real essence of America. Along the way they encounter hippies, rednecks, prostitutes, drugs, Nicholson, and tragedy. One of the highest-grossing pictures of the decade, undoubtedly an influence on two generations of "youth-oriented dramas," which all tried unsuccessfully to duplicate the original accomplishment. Psychedelic scenes and a great role for Nicholson are added bonuses. Look for the graveyard dancing scene in New Orleans. Features one of the best '60s rock scores around, including "Mean Streets" and "The Wanderers."
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 94 minutes.
AFI 1998: Top 100, Natl. Film Reg. 1998;; N.Y. Film Critics 1969: Support. Actor (Nicholson); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1969: Support. Actor (Nicholson).
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