The Director: Dennis Hopper directed the film—his first as director—and won the Cannes Film Festival Award for “Best First Work”
The Cast: Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Karen Black, Bridget Fonda as a child, Warren Finnerty
The Box Office: $60 million on a budget of around $400,000.
Original Release Date: July 14, 1969
Awards History: Jack Nicholson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the first of his eventual 12 noninations. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper & Terry Southern were nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Legacy: In 1998, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry, which adds films for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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