Subject: Back-tracking Flashbacks
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Mon May 17, 1999 at 10:55PM

Back-Tracking Flashbacks

Forty-four years of performances
Through over seventy-five chances
Since he was one of the other rebels
Without cause ... and disheveled ...

And the lone survivor of that movie
The others all left us - including ...
The star - James Dean, in his car
Sal Mineo - knifed outside of a bar

Natalie Wood - drowned in the sea
Nick Adams - overdosed, with tea
Too many prescription pills, they said
Whatever ... he wound up dead ...

And the featured fellow here ...
Also, at times, oversteered ...
But today is his birthday now
And he's still with us, somehow

Having put up some road signs
Now it seems he's realigned ...
Some were wonderful, though
Including Easy Rider ... a show!

Backtrack, Colors and The Hot Spot
All have Director's credits for "The Hop"
As well as Chasers and The Last Movie
And a Rider sequel - Out of the Blue, seen ...

As that ... by some of the critics and reviewers
But, as everyone knows - there's nothing doing
As there can't be a follow-up to Easy Rider ...
For obvious reasons ... it just couldn't be a flyer ...

In just about all of the others with his credits ...
(Some for screenwriting, tech advisor ... edits)
Dennis Hopper's listed only as a performer ...
Never-the-less ... there are some stormers ...

Including David Lynch's thriller - Blue Velvet
In which the man played his part without effort
Leading to his nomination that very year ...
But for Hoosiers ... in a role even more clear

But it's been an extremely varied career ...
Many, many roles he's had thru the years
And those seven films he also directed ...
Provided some things nobody expected ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
10:15pm Monday, May 17th, 1999

Dennis Hopper's 63rd Birthday

Dennis Hopper's main features (55-95)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Giant (1956)
Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957)
From Hell to Texas (1958)
The Young Land (1959)
Key Witness (1960)
Night Tide (1963)
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Planet of Blood (1966)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
The Glory Stompers (1967)
The Trip (1967)
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Panic in the City (1968)
Easy Rider (1968)
True Grit (1969)
The Last Movie (1971)
Kid Blue (1973)
Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
The American Friend (1977)
Tracks (1977)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Out of the Blue (1980)
King of the Mountain (1981)
Human Highway (1982)
The Osterman Weekend (1983)
Rumble Fish (1983)
My Science Project (1985)
Black Widow (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Hoosiers (1986)
Riders of the Storm (1986)
The River's Edge (1986)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
O.C. and Stiggs (1987)
The Pick-up Artist (1987)
Straight to Hell (1987)
Blood Red (1988)
Backtrack (1989)
Flashback (1990)
Eye of the Storm (1991)
The Indian Runner (1991)
Paris Trout (1991)
Boiling Point (1993)
The Heart of Justice (1993)
Red Rock West (1993)
Super Mario Bros. (1993)
True Romance (1993)
Speed (1994)
Search and Destroy (1995)