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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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Hawk Wolinski ...
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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Storyline

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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An American Movie - By A New Director - James William Guercio See more »


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Release Date:

4 October 1973 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Big John  »

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2.35 : 1
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Nick Nolte:  Uncredited, as a hippie. Nolte can be seen briefly in a crowd scene. See more »

Goofs

As Jolene attempts to make out with Big John in front of jukebox, there's a bearded man visible in the mirror behind the jukebox. See more »

Quotes

John Wintergreen: [about his motorcycle] I'm here to tell you there ain't nothin' in the world I hate worse than that elephant under my ass.
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Free from the Devil
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Big Elk Music ASCAP
Alan De Carlo
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This is real Cinema
19 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

An incredible piece of film making, this beautifully shot movie really is about as poetic as it's possible for cinema to be and still have a coherent, gripping narrative. It feels like a western with its dramatic monument valley backdrop and masculine themes, but plays more like a European movie, with it's dark characterisations and existential mood . The soundtrack is fantastic and the feeling the movie imparts is unique. I always recommend this film to people because so few have ever seen it. I think it's a tragedy that James Guercio didn't make more movies because this was his first (and only) film and it's up there with the best of Peckinpah/Leone/Boorman/Seigal (whose work is similar). I'll never forget this film and the ending will live with me forever. If you like movies you need to see this film, This is real Cinema.


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