The revolutionary motorcycle movie “Easy Rider” is marking its 50th anniversary this year, and the Harley-Davidson Museum is celebrating by screening it with one of the original Easy Riders on hand.
Peter Fonda, who played Harley-riding Wyatt in the movie, will take part in a moderated discussion of “Easy Rider” as part of a screening at 7 p.m. April 5 at the museum, 400 W. Canal St. Milwaukee entertainment journalist Gino Salamone will be moderator at the event.
In addition to his status as a biker-movie icon, the 79-year-old Fonda — who co-wrote “Easy Rider” with co-star and director Dennis Hopper, and starred in the 1966 motorcycle cult favorite “The Wild Angels” — has been known to ride a Harley himself. He even took part in the parade at the 95th Harley-Davidson anniversary celebration in 1998.
Made almost guerrilla-style, “Easy Rider” was a critical and commercial smash in 1969, winning Hopper an award for best first work at the Cannes Film Festival and earning two Oscar nominations, for best supporting actor for Jack Nicholson and best original screenplay. The movie’s surprising success also helped pave the way for the rise of more independent filmmakers in the 1970s.
Doors open for the “Easy Rider” event at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30, $75 for a “VIP experience” that starts at 5:30 p.m. and include a meet-and-greet with Fonda, premium reserved seating and other extras.
Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday at H-DMuseum.com/EasyRider.
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