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Electra Glide in Blue (1973)

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Bored with his highway traffic duties, Arizona motorcycle patrolman John Wintergreen is assigned to Homicide where his polite investigative style irks his macho boss.


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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zipper (as Billy 'Green' Bush)
Harve Poole
Willie (as Elisha Cook)
Hawk Wolinski ...
VW Bus Driver (as David J. Wolinski)
Peter Cetera ...
Bob Zemko
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


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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Some of the colorful character names featured in the film's cast included Zipper, Pig Man, Loose Lips and The Beard. See more »


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 »


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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Referenced in Hill Street Blues (1981) See more »


Song of Sad Bottles
Performed by Mark Spoelstra
Written by Mark Spoelstra
Athena Music BMI
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Electra Glide In Blue - Masterpiece
12 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Much chat about this film, especially now since it's 'finally' out on DVD in wide screen format.

This is the best film of a specialized genre from the late 60's through early 1970's exploring the counter-culture revolution and the "Establishment".

Unlike Easy Rider, A Clockwork Orange and Billy Jack, EGIB hits the nail on the head. There is evil everywhere, and good intentions don't always result in good outcomes.

Beautiful directorial debut by Guercio, awesome cinematography by Conrad Hall.

In essence, one of the best films from 1973.

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