7.5/10
2,469
18 user 31 critic

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)

Trailer
1:44 | Trailer
A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.

Director:

Kenneth Bowser

Writers:

Peter Biskind (book), Kenneth Bowser
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese
Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman
Documentary | Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation.

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: John Cazale, Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies ... See full summary »

Director: Xan Cassavetes
Stars: Robert Altman, Vera Carlisle Anderson, C.L. Batten
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See full summary »

Directors: Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Conrad L. Hall, John Bailey, Vilmos Zsigmond
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.

Director: Alex Stapleton
Stars: Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

Director: Wendy Apple
Stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Staenberg, Jodie Foster
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Martin Scorsese describes his initial and growing obsession with films from the 1940s and 50s as the art form developed and grew with clips from classics and cult classics.

Directors: Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
Stars: Martin Scorsese, Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Stars: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

War stories and life lessons from the industry's top writers.

Director: Peter Hanson
Stars: Allison Anders, Jane Anderson, Doug Atchison
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise.

Director: Jan Harlan
Stars: Katharina Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Kubrick
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton
Stars: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Scorsese ... Himself
Dennis Hopper ... Himself
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
Sam Peckinpah ... Himself (archive footage)
Warren Beatty ... Himself
Robert Altman ... Himself
Arthur Penn ... Himself
Jack Nicholson ... Himself
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself
Steven Spielberg ... Himself
George Lucas ... Himself
Tony Bill ... Himself
Peter Bart ... Himself
Paul Schrader ... Himself
Sharon Tate ... (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

Based upon Peter Biskind's book of the same name, this BBC-produced documentary traces the rise of a generation of Hollywood filmmakers who briefly changed the face of movies with a more personal approach that pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on-screen. Influential directors who appear include Arthur Penyn ("Bonnie and Clyde"), Dennis Hopper ("Easy Rider"), Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather"), John Schlesinger ("Midnight Cowboy"), Bob Rafelson ("Five Easy Pieces") Martin Scorsese ("Taxi Driver"), Peter Bogdanovich ("The Last Picture Show"), and Jonathan Demme ("Crazy Mama"). Narrated by William H. Macy, the documentary features vintage clips of Coppola, Scorsese, Beatty, George Lucas, Sam Peckinpah, Roman Polanski, Robert Altman, and Pauline Kael. It also includes original interview material with Penn; Roger Corman; Bogdanovich; Hopper; David Picker; writer/directors John Milius and Paul Schrader; actresses Karen Black, Cybill Shepherd, Margot Kidder, and Jennifer Salt;... Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

How the Sex Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Many of the subjects profiled in author Peter Biskind's book, including directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Robert Altman, and 'William Friedkin', declined interviews for the documentary. See more »

Connections

References Night Moves (1975) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
tough call
13 October 2005 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

A documentary like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls should be the kind of documentary I should like more. It is chock full of interviews and choice information about the time period (60's-70's) in American cinema that changed everything, for a lot better and some for not. But there are a couple of problems that become inherent. If you have read the book which spurred on the documentary by Peter Biskind (also author of Down and Dirty Pictures, a book about the 90's independent film movement), it's kind of like reading a masterpiece in the trashiest sense. There is a lot more in-depth information in the book, however much of it at the personal expense of the filmmakers, writers, producers, and others that are written about (a good deal with gossip, interestingly enough on the special features of the DVD some of the interviewees speak out against the falsities in the book, Paul Schrader being one of them). The other problem is that the same year this documentary was released on Spike TV (then later to DVD, which is where I saw it), there was the great documentary in the similar, more satisfying vein, A Decade Under the Influence. It might be unfair to compare the two, however if one were wanting in the first place to get a video history- by way of movie clips and interviews- about the years that changed movies a generation before, I would go for 'Decade' due to it's more obscure film clips, and a few more revealing and insightful interviews.

In fact, over half of the people in one documentary are also in the other, like Dennis Hopper, Paul Schrader, Peter Bogdanovich, Ellen Burstyn, Roger Corman, and Monte Hellman among others. It's not that this documentary in and of itself is not insubstantial. On a base level you get the lowdown, about how as Hollywood's studio system was on the decline, filmmakers who were coming up in Corman's enclave (Coppola, Hopper, Bogdanovich, even Scorsese), along with some other key outsiders, infused European ideals into their personal statements, making great art and some money in the process. On the level of just giving forth the information, it's not a bad telling of tales, and has a couple of interviews I wasn't expecting. But, again, my sense of proportion was out of place; I could sense that the doc, much like the book, was more interested in some of the more 'seedy' details (i.e. the stuff about Julia Phillips, or Bogdanovich, which is practically a quarter of the book) than in the actual cinema-contexts of the work. You also don't hear as much about the power of the influence on the filmmakers, which was an appeal of 'Decade'. It's not too tough a call to make, and if you've seen 'Decade' before 'Easy Riders Raging Bulls' you may agree. I liked it, but it's not saying much when the book, which itself was readable mostly for the sake of history (some worthwhile, some not), was better.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed

 
Prince of Stride Alternative | Zippyshare | Pflege- & Medizinischer Bedarf