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Captain America II Easy Rider: The Ride Back

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Every family has its secrets. Every legend, a beginning…

Easy Rider The Ride Back
Easy Rider: The Ride Back will be hitting movie screens in October. The film delves into the story of Wyatt 'Captain America' Williams and the history of his family.
Did Wyatt really die in that shotgun blast? And who was Wyatt ‘Captain America’ Williams? Where’d he come from, and how did he end up the chopper-riding, freedom-seeking rabble rouser that he was? For enquiring minds that want to know, the answers can be found in Easy Rider: The Ride Back, a new prequel to the original motorcycle movie and cult classic, Easy Rider, that aims to answer these questions and more when it debuts in October.
 
Who knew what impact a low-budget film made by a fresh young director involving controversial topics of the 1960s would have on the movie industry? But 40 years later, Easy Rider remains an iconic testimony to biker culture and ranks as one of the top 100 AFI movies of all time at number 88. It would spark the ‘New Hollywood’ phase of filmmaking where the big studios realized that low budget filmmaking in the hands of the right creative director could be just as successful as a high-dollar blockbuster.
 
According to Easy Rider: The Ride Back PR, the movie is part sequel, part prequel. It will “delve into the lineage of Wyatt ‘Captain America’ Williams and the families’ trials and tribulations throughout the decades of the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s to present day. Juxtaposed against the families’ love affair with motorcycles, the film delves into issues of love, war, honor, and redemption, while keeping true to the spirit of the original film: the iconic ‘Buddy Ride’ and the idea of continuing search for freedom in an America that is struggling to find its identity.”
 
We met actress Sheree J. Wilson, writer/actor Phil Pitzer,
Sheree J. Wilson stars in the upcoming movie Easy Rider II The Ride Back.
Sheree J. Wilson stars as Wyatt's little sister, Shane, in the new movie. She also served as a co-producer.
and executive producer Vince Morella of Easy Rider: The Ride Back during this year’s Sturgis rally. They were at the Silverado Casino in Deadwood, SD, to take part in the Legends Ride. The trio was on hand to promote the movie and to have a little fun (it was Sturgis, after all). The crew was just back from a rousing reception in Cannes, where the original Easy Rider won an award during the Cannes Film Festival back when it debuted in 1969. Wilson, best known for her role as District Attorney Alex Cahill on the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger, portrays Wyatt’s little sister, Shane, in the new movie and works behind the scenes as one of the film’s co-producers. Morella has been busy serving as executive producer on both Easy Rider: The Ride Back and another project due out in 2010 called Burning Palms.

But it’s Pitzer who has the most invested in the movie. Not only does he play Morgan Williams, the younger brother of Wyatt, but the project is his conception. He co-wrote the script along with director Dustin Rikert and has spent the last six years seeing this project to fruition, not only helping to write the script for the new movie, but in writing another segment entitled Easy Rider: The Search Continues.

Phil Pitzer  writer actor in the new movie  Easy Rider: The Ride Back  talks to custom builder Sugar Bear.
Phil Pitzer (with hands on hips) is a dead ringer for a young Peter Fonda. The idea for Easy Rider: The Ride Back is his brainchild, and he co-wrote and stars in the film.
“What I did is I studied the original film. I wanted to make sure that this film was true to that in tone and texture. We’ve taken the Peter Fonda character, who in the first one had no last name and we knew nothing about, and we created a back story for him. He now has a family, he has a couple of brothers, he’s got a sister (points to Sheree) and we learn about how he came to be,” Pitzer said.

Pitzer also talked about the timeliness of Easy Rider, and how it encapsulated issues like the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use, communal lifestyle, and racism.
 
“The original addressed issues at that time that nobody was talking about on film. We tried to bring it up to present day and we’re trying to deal with some present-day issues in the same way. And we’re back to the campfire scenes and back to the same energy that I think people will appreciate,” Pitzer added.
 
Easy Rider: The Ride Back is a Pan Am Pictures project. It stars Chris Engen as Virgil Williams, Michelle Borth as Vannessa Monteague, Thomas Blankenship as Young Hickock, and Jeff Fahey as Wes Coast. About now, I expect that Wilson, Pitzer, and Morella are in Milwaukee, WI, at the Harley-Davidson Rally and Bike Show promoting the movie. They will follow that up with a visit to the Trail of
Motorcycle USAs Cruiser Editor  Bryan Harley  mugs for a shot with the stars of Easy Rider II   Phil Pitzer and Sheree J. Wilson.
Motorcycle USA's Cruiser Editor, Bryan Harley, mugs for a shot with the stars of Easy Rider II,  Phil Pitzer and Sheree J. Wilson at the Legends Ride during Sturgis 2009
Tears to participate in a ride that begins in Chattanooga, TN and ends in Florence, AL. on Sept. 18-20. After that, we hope to catch up with them at Las Vegas Bike Fest on Oct. 1-4, where I hear they plan on having a special sneak preview showing. Then they’re off to Daytona Beach, FL for Biketoberfest.
 
If you plan on attending any of these events, be sure to stop by and say ‘Hi.’ The cast is more than happy to talk about their new film. And you can’t miss Pitzer. He’s a dead ringer for a younger Peter Fonda. I mistook him for Fonda when I first saw him in Deadwood, SD, at the Legends Ride.
 
‘Captain America’ rides again.


*Be sure to check out the video to hear Sheree and Phil talk about the soon-to-be released film.

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Comments
bikodin -s**t  April 15, 2010 08:31 AM
who gives a f*** who built the bike i am 42 been rideing for 38 years had a harley at 16 belong to no club ride with freinds and family i have owned 9 harleys and one indian peace of s**t i put over 20,000 miles a year on my bike i am a biker an amarican and am tired of stupid people ride live free stand up for what you belive and stop bitching about stupid crap i dont care what color you as long as you act cool and have respect you disrespect me my wife are kids we have a problam so grow up watch the movie have a good time
Panhead Larry -The black Diamond  January 30, 2010 04:15 PM
It was Ben Hardy who felt so hurt at being omitted from his due regarding the building of the easy rider bikes.I heard he was deeply hurt.If anyone doubts Ben hardy as the builder of the origional easyrider bikes let me offer proof.Ed Roths first choppers magazines were very small magazines that were put out monthly back in the 68 69 years and in one issue Ed Roth show cases ben Hardy and theres an Article by Ed Roth about Ben Hardys building the Easy rider Bikes for the Movie.Ben Hardy Never got the recognition he deserved.The biker magazines which dealt in choppers ignored the black Harley riders and builders for the most part.Ed Roth had class and he was happy to show case the man who made the Easyrider bikes become a reality.Thank you Ben Hardy for your contribution to an american symbol of freedom and an all time movie icon masterpieces: the Easy rider bikes.
Panhead Larry -The black Diamond  January 30, 2010 04:14 PM
It was Ben Hardy who felt so hurt at being omitted from his due regarding the building of the easy rider bikes.I heard he was deeply hurt.If anyone doubts Ben hardy as the builder of the origional easyrider bikes let me offer proof.Ed Roths first choppers magazines were very small magazines that were put out monthly back in the 68 69 years and in one issue Ed Roth show cases ben Hardy and theres an Article by Ed Roth about Ben Hardys building the Easy rider Bikes for the Movie.Ben Hardy Never got the recognition he deserved.The biker magazines which dealt in choppers ignored the black Harley riders and builders for the most part.Ed Roth had class and he was happy to show case the man who made the Easyrider bikes become a reality.Thank you Ben Hardy for your contribution to an american symbol of freedom and an all time movie icon masterpieces: the Easy rider bikes.
Felon -Agree with Nathan  January 4, 2010 11:34 AM
Goldie....bullshit! Your "Black Bikers" didn't design and/or build the original bikes for Easy Rider. I had a Easy Rider built from the ground up & did a lot of research before hand on the movie and the builders. As far as "Black Bikers" go, I have been riding since 1965 and only in the last 10 years have "Black Bikers" started showing up, and mostly shit jap bikes! So don't whine to me about your black biker hsitory!!
Poppa Smurf from Free Motorcycle Riders -The whole movie  November 27, 2009 09:51 AM
No release date is mentioned, the lady bitching about black bikers not given their 15 min of fame, I will give it to them Myrtle Beach Black Bike Week, you all can have it now that you have ruined it.

Peter Fonda has a crap of a sister (Hanoi Jane) for you wannabees ,, get real this flick will screw up the whole generation no doubt in my mind, and whoever wrote some of this stuff in the description of Sherrie she starred in Walker Texas Ranger , not Texas Walker Ranger duhhhh

Other wise have a happy day

Ride on
Poppa Smurf
Nathan -Goldie  October 31, 2009 05:07 PM
Why cant you just watch something and enjoy it? Why do you feel the need to force race into it? It's a flipping movie, not a political or racial statement nor should it be made to be. The more that race baiters like yourself push non issues like this the more you dimish the credibility of your point.
Goldie -Acknowledge Black Bikers  September 27, 2009 11:38 AM
I have a blog that chronicle the rich history and contributions black bikers have made in the rich sport of motorcycling. It saddens me as with this movie how the contribution two Icons of mine, Cliff Vaughs and Ben (Benny) Hardy had made with the designing and building of the motorcycles for the original movie "Easy Rider". If you visit my blog and put in a search for Easy Rider, Captain America, Cliff Vaughs or Ben Hardy you will read the truth that wasn't exposed. from looking at clips of the prequel I saw that the original concept was still in place to not show African American Bikers being part of the motorcycle community and that is an untruth. I am waiting with baited breath to view this movie to see if it proves me wrong. I am an avid black female rider and the blog wasn't created to divide motorcyclists by race but to enlighten my fellow black bikers of our contributions in the sport. By no means am I trying to do what I so desperately am trying to dispel. http:goldie1779.wordpress.com
Martin Cvitkovich -On Fire?  September 17, 2009 07:53 PM
If what Kim say's is true, it only adds to the Easy Rider saga. 40 years ago the bikes were stolen before the movie was released. Now it's on fire. These characters are going to be Headliners baby!
Desmolicious -And what's up with Pitzer's hair?  September 8, 2009 05:40 PM
Is it a stunt double for Tom Hank's do in the Davinci Code?

;P
Kim Hanagan -Captain America Bike  September 5, 2009 05:29 PM
While at the Milwaukee Rally this after noon, I watch in horror, as the Captain America started on Fire and had no way to help put the fire out. Luckly someone found a Fire Extinguisher. Hope that no one got hurt and hopefully the bike isn't damaged too much.

Ride on Captain America, can't wait for the Movie.
Tom -young peter fonda  September 4, 2009 06:25 PM
Agreed with Desmolicious

What is that all about?

Anyway, I'm holding my breath. Adaptions or expansions on timeless classics or remakes thereoff usually are pretty craptastic. We'll see. I hope it doesn't cast a shadow on the original one, which was a timeless masterpiece.

Also, why would I need to know the backstory for both protagonists. I thought that was kinda the appeal of that movie. They came from 'nowhere', went 'nowhere'. Nihilistic and food for thought.
Desmolicious -A young Peter Fonda?!!  September 4, 2009 10:01 AM
"Phil Pitzer (with hands on hips) is a dead ringer for a young Peter Fonda"

If by young you mean 60yrs old...
In Easy Rider, Fonda was about 30 yrs old. Pitzer looks like his dad.
Tim B -Hot!  September 4, 2009 09:12 AM
Wow I'd watch this movie just for her. I think she's pretty smoking and she's older than my mother!

The main character of the movie certainly doesn't look like a modern-day biker. I know bikers come in all shapes and sizes, but I just don't see it in him. Maybe Bryan Harley should have been given the lead role? He certainly looks the part!
milwaukee mike -Yeah man!  September 3, 2009 02:31 PM
Cool,...Harleys rule!