Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
At first, gas station attendant Poet is happy when the Hell's Angels gang finally accepts him. But he's shocked when he learns just how brutal they are.
At the time of filming in 1966, cast members Mireille Machu and Jack Nicholson had just begun a serious relationship that continued through the making of Easy Rider. In May of 1969, she accompanied Nicholson to the Cannes Film Festival when Easy Rider was shown there. After they broke up, they remained friends and Machu occasionally would house-sit at Nicholson's Los Angeles home on Mulholland Drive during the 1970's.
You're a rat! You're a rat! A beautiful rat!
Buddy: The King rat, baby!
Obvious dummy when Buddy's bike explodes.
The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1967 and only passed in 1977 after BBFC cuts to heavily edit the fight scenes. The 1988 video version featured a new opening montage of rape and violence scenes which were not in the original cinema print, and these scenes (totalling 11 minutes) were completely removed by the BBFC as well as shots of kidney punches during the hotel fight. The 2006 Cinema Club DVD restores the punches and was pre-edited by the distributors to remove the alternative opening scene.