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Electra Glide in Blue (1973)

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A short Arizona motorcycle cop gets his wish and is promoted to Homicide following the mysterious murder of a hermit. He is forced to confront his illusions about himself and those around ... See full summary »

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Zipper (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
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Harve Poole
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Jolene
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Willie (as Elisha Cook)
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VW Bus Driver (as David J. Wolinski)
Peter Cetera ...
Bob Zemko
Terry Kath ...
Killer
Lee Loughnane ...
Pig Man
Walter Parazaider ...
Loose Lips
Joe Samsil ...
Sgt. Ryker
Jason Clark ...
L.A. Detective
Michael Butler ...
Truck Driver
Susan Forristal ...
Ice Cream Girl
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A short Arizona motorcycle cop gets his wish and is promoted to Homicide following the mysterious murder of a hermit. He is forced to confront his illusions about himself and those around him in order to solve the case, eventually returning to solitude in the desert. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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4 October 1973 (France)  »

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The Legend of Big John  »

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John Wintergreen (Robert Blake) carries an unusual-looking sidearm. It is actually a standard Colt Python .357 magnum with a four-inch barrel, a popular police weapon in the 1970s. Wintergreen's weapon, however, sports an unusual two-tone finish, in which the frame is blued but the cylinder and barrel are nickel-plated. This was a sort of fad in the 1970s called a Pinto finish. It was offered as a custom option in many gun stores at that time. See more »

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In the final driving scenes, the van and the bike, supposedly driving along a long straight road, drive by the same distant butte at least three times. See more »

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Jolene, Harve's Girlfriend: Well, well, well, my two knights in shining armor... Mr. Tall and Mr. Small. Come on in, gentlemen!
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A great Road Movie, with themes of honesty, integrity and duty.
24 April 2004 | by (Chippenham,England) – See all my reviews

EGinB should be seen as an anthem to early 70's America, and the ringing messages of all road movies at the time.The film is unique as a tour de force from a director who knew precisely what he was doing.From the opening scene, with it's brilliant use of close-ups, to the final incredible draw-back, EGinB relentlessly drives home the message of post-Vietnam America, with themes of honesty,realization,ruthlessness and duty.As in other Road Movies, the Road is the conduit along which America travels for hope and redemption.The implication is that it is only in the expanse and purity of the Big Country that these ideals can be attained.

Blake seizes his opportunity to wrest his character, Wintergreen, out of the Vietnam War and into a troubled American Society; not without a little resentment along the way. His remark to the truckdriver he books, displays his feelings; " I'll give you,what they gave me (in Vietnam)...nothing". His ideals of right and honesty give way eventually to acceptance of the system, with all it's failings.

The photography is beautiful and skillful, lending a curious winsome nostalgia to the Great American Outback.Wintergreen's gleaming bike,( the Electra Glide of the title), deserves a credit of it's own. EGinB has an ending that audiences have argued about for 30 years. I think it is an original devize by the director, that emphasises the plight of nations and individuals, who trade honesty and integrity for mundanity and compromise.Additionally, what you are really watching during the long 7 1/2 minutes drawback, is a pictorial unfolding of the American flag.This echos the ' God bless America ' lyrics of the Big Elk soundtrack.Watch it, and listen to the music of Big Elk as it unfolds.It somehow encapsulates the film and it's themes, and is mesmeric for that. See it, but realize what you are watching; it's worth the research; and you'll never see a Volkswagan Camper in the same light again!


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