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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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Coroner
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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He's A Good Cop. On A Big Bike. On A Bad Road. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »
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4 October 1973 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Big John  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Zipper (Billy Green Bush) holds a tree stump over John Wintergreen (Robert Blake)'s head, actor Blake says he was genuinely concerned for his safety when this scene was being shot. See more »

Goofs

At c.6 minutes Wintergreen drinks two raw eggs. When he puts the empty glass down a few seconds later it is completely clean with no residue of the eggs visible whatsoever. 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 Army of One (1993) See more »

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Where have all the cowboys gone?
12 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A requiem for the death of the American hero. No, this is not the plot—this is what the movie accomplishes. Do not mistake this existential parable for what may otherwise seem like a superficial counter-culture exploitation flick—it is nothing of the sort.

Record producer Guercio's first (and last) effort at film-making, captured beautifully by the late cinematographer Conrad Hall, leaves the viewer wondering "where have all the cowboys gone?" John Ford taught us that the hero rode a white horse and did the right thing, even if it killed him—and in this Vietnam-era analogue, Blake is a five-foot four-inch leather-clad motorcycle cop writing speeding tickets along a lonely two-lane road cutting through monument valley. With high hopes and ideals, he aspires not only to do more but to become more...and for a while he succeeds. But the world is different, people are different, and the old heroes he admired are not just obsolete—they are extinct.

We are inexorably drawn through his disillusionment and our own to an ending that is sad, tragic, and inevitable.


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