Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper were already veterans of "biker" movies, but they wanted to do one a little different and better. The result was a movie that turned Hollywood on its head, ending once and for all the vaunted "Studio System," and bringing to the fore the concept of the low-budget "indie" film. The two friends starred and (with Terry Southern) wrote the script, with Fonda producing and Hopper directing. The tale of two drug dealers who decide to retire and travel around the nation struck a nerve with young people disillusioned by Vietnam and government mendacity. It became not only an enormous hit but a cultural touchstone as well. Moreover, it made a star of Jack Nicholson, who co-starred as a Southern lawyer who tags along for part of the journey. And it created another trend that remains today - the eschewing of a traditional score in favor of a string of pop and rock songs. Laszlo Kovacs was the cinematographer, and the cast also included Karen Black, Luke Askew, Robert Walker Jr., Luana Anders, and legendary record producer Phil Spector. It was also the first hit film for producers Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson, whose BBS company would go on to become a major player in the early 70's.