Dennis Hopper Movies

Dennis Hopper, Easy RiderDennis Hopper will have his day – or rather, evening – on Turner Classic Movies on Tuesday, June 8. TCM has rescheduled its primetime and overnight lineup in honor of actor-director-screenwriter Hopper, who died May 29 at the age of 74.

The most interesting-sounding of the five scheduled Hopper films is the one I haven't seen, yet: Curtis Harrington's Night Tide (1963), about a sailor (Hopper) who falls in love with a mysterious woman (Linda Lawson), the local “mermaid” on the Santa Monica pier.

Henry Hathaway's The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) is an enjoyable Western, with the cast – John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr – in good form, whereas I found Hathaway's True Grit (1969), which earned Wayne a Best Actor Oscar, a bore.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) has lots of fans – I'm not one of them, though I find Sal Mineo's crush on James Dean amusing. The groundbreaking hippie classic Easy Rider (1969), also has its fans. Personally, I'd rather watch Blue Velvet once again.

The schedule / film info below is form TCM.

Tuesday, June 8

8 p.m. (ET) The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) - Dennis Hopper co-stars with John Wayne and Dean Martin in this rowdy Western about the sons of a frontier woman determined to learn why their mother died penniless.

10:15 p.m. True Grit (1969) - Hopper found himself in the presence of “The Duke” once again with this Western about an aged marshal who helps a girl find her father's killer. John Wayne earned an Oscar for his performance.

12:30 a.m. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) - Hopper made his film debut as one of the rebellious youngsters in Nicholas Ray's searing portrait of teen angst. James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo star.

2:30 a.m. Easy Rider (1969) - Hopper became one of the most iconic figures of his generation with this groundbreaking film about a trio of societal dropouts heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Not only did he direct and star in the film, he also earned an Oscar nomination for his work on the screenplay with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. Jack Nicholson and Karen Black co-star.

4:15 a.m. Night Tide (1963) - Hopper stars as a lonely sailor who falls in love with a mysterious woman who plays a mermaid on the Santa Monica pier. Linda Lawson co-stars in this unique, dreamy drama written and directed by Curtis Harrington.

Photo: Columbia Pictures

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