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Writers:
Robert Boris (screenplay)
Robert Boris (story) ...
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Release Date:
4 October 1973 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's A Good Cop. On A Big Bike. On A Bad Road. See more »
Plot:
A short Arizona motorcycle cop gets his wish and is promoted to Homicide following the mysterious murder of a hermit... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Criminally obscure film has more to offer than 90% of modern day fare. See more (58 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Blake ... John Wintergreen

Billy Green Bush ... Zipper (as Billy 'Green' Bush)

Mitchell Ryan ... Harve Poole

Jeannine Riley ... Jolene

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Willie (as Elisha Cook)

Royal Dano ... 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
Lucy Angle Guercio ... Ice Cream Girl
Melissa Greene ... Zemko's Girlfriend (as Melissa Green)
Jim Gilmore ... Detective
Bob Zemko ... The Beard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mickey Alzola ... (uncredited)

Jerry Brutsche ... (uncredited)
Lew Burch ... Detective (uncredited)
Doug Burns ... Bike Rider (uncredited)
Percy Curtis ... Detective (uncredited)
George Dockstader ... Police Car Driver (uncredited)
Scott Dockstader ... (uncredited)
Steve Fagin ... Commune Guy (uncredited)
Jane Ferris ... Policewoman (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs ... (uncredited)
Chester Grimes ... Bike Rider (uncredited)

Gary Guercio ... Child (uncredited)
Susan Hail ... Bike Girl (uncredited)
Kate Hall ... Child (uncredited)
Adrienne Hayes ... Bike Girl (uncredited)
Rebacca Kapp ... Cop's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Richard Karie ... Bike Rider (uncredited)
Pam Kath ... Commune Girl (uncredited)
Brett Kaufman ... Child (uncredited)
Bob Maryon ... Bike Rider (uncredited)
Gary Nichamin ... Hospital Attendant (uncredited)

Nick Nolte ... Hippie Kid (uncredited)
Bob Ott ... Bike Rider (uncredited)
Michael Phillips ... Commune Guy (uncredited)
Michelle Powers ... Waitress (uncredited)

Jeff Ramsey ... Bike Rider (uncredited)
J.N. Roberts ... Belly Flop (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... (uncredited)
John Scovern ... Detective (uncredited)
Herb Sells ... Detective (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker ... (uncredited)
Jimmie D. Wright ... Commune Guy (uncredited)

Directed by
James William Guercio 
 
Writing credits
Robert Boris (screenplay)

Robert Boris (story) and
Rupert Hitzig (story)

Produced by
James William Guercio .... producer
Rupert Hitzig .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
James William Guercio 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall (director of photography) (as Conrad Hall)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Benson 
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
John F. Link  (as John F. Link II)
 
Costume Design by
Rita Riggs 
 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Beringer .... second assistant director
Bill Hickman .... second unit director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
Mel Efros .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jerome M. Siegel .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joseph Hurley .... production illustrator
Gary Nichamin .... assistant production illustrator
Joe LaBella .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
William Randall .... production sound mixer
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects editor (as Sam Shaw)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Dillon .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Bill Edmondson .... production sound mixer: chase sequence (uncredited)
Donald W. Ernst .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Phil Mitchell Jr. .... boom operator: chase sequence (uncredited)
Charles Randall .... boom operator (uncredited)
Stan Siegel .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Jack R. Woltz .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Candy Flanagin .... special effects
Joe Lombardi .... special effects: chase sequence
 
Stunts
Mickey Alzola .... stunt rider
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt coordinator: chase sequence
Scott Dockstader .... stunt rider
Bud Ekins .... stunt coordinator
Alan Gibbs .... stunt rider
J.N. Roberts .... stunt rider
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt rider (as Ron Rondell)
Rock A. Walker .... stunt rider (as Rock Walker)
Bud Ekins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Spanky Spangler .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Travers Hill .... camera operator: chase sequence
Richard A. Kelley .... director of photography: chase sequence
Thomas Laughridge .... camera operator
Tom May .... key grip
Harry Rez .... key grip: chase sequence
Thor Sundby .... gaffer
Jim Buchanan .... best boy (uncredited)
Bob Casey .... camera assistant: chase sequence (uncredited)
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Garret Graham .... camera operator (uncredited)
Edd Hearn .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Bill Ion .... camera operator: chase sequence (uncredited)
Eddie Lara .... best boy: chase sequence (uncredited)
Ken Marcus .... still photographer: Monument Valley winter shots (uncredited)
John Rose .... still photographer: chase sequence (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bobby Thomas .... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Yuricich .... camera assistant: chase sequence (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dennis Fill .... costumer
 
Music Department
Jimmie Haskell .... orchestrator
Dave Kahn .... music editor
Armin Steiner .... music mixer
Paul Beaver .... musician: moog, organ (uncredited)
Jimmy Bond .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Conte Candoli .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Larry Carlton .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Terry Kath .... musician: electric bass (uncredited)
Michael Lang .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Ross Salomone .... musician: drums (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ronnie Baker .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Gil Casper .... driver: camera cars (uncredited)
Rick Mercier .... driver captain: chase sequence (uncredited)
Dan Riportella .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Goudie .... production assistant
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Griffin)
Gene Levy .... auditor
William Maldonado .... production coordinator
Anne Shaw .... production secretary
Von Dutch .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Maggie Hickman .... script supervisor: chase sequence (uncredited)
Susan Smith .... first aid: chase sequence (uncredited)
Ken Sylk .... script consultant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Legend of Big John" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Color:
Black and White (final scenes) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Todd-AO) | 4-Track Stereo
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The movie was made and released about four years after Easy Rider (1969). That movie featured two hippies crossing America on motor-bikes. Electra Glide in Blue (1973) is considered to be a form of motor-cycle cop version of Easy Rider (1969) with a poster from that earlier movie classic even displayed in one scene in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:I hate that motorcycle they make me ride. I'm here to tell you there ain't nothing in the world I hate worse than that elephant under my ass.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Blue Dahlia (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
Tell MeSee more »

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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Criminally obscure film has more to offer than 90% of modern day fare., 17 January 2005
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

Before he found himself on the wrong side of a murder investigation, Blake was noted for playing an unconventional cop on the TV show "Baretta" (and also the flip side as a brutal killer in the film "In Cold Blood".) Here he is a square peg trying to fit into a round hole as a California Highway Patrolman with dreams of more. At 5'4", he is a full head shorter than the shortest of his fellow motorcycle-riding fellow officers. Though his cohort Bush balances his days between sitting on his bike reading comic books and listening to the radio with pulling over anyone even remotely suspicious, Blake yearns to be a better cop than that and, ultimately, a detective. When (after a thoroughly gripping opening sequence) a man is found shot to death, Blake seizes the opportunity to piece the situation together and becomes the driver and right hand man to hotshot detective Ryan. As the pair attempts to solve the mystery of the man's death, their faults, attributes and insecurities are laid bare (notably in an extended scene with Riley, a barmaid who has known both men for a long time.) Finally, the truth of the death comes to light, but only after significant turmoil, carnage and some surprises. Blake is terrific in the lead. He perfectly captures the awkwardness mixed with ambition of his character. He has many memorable scenes, more than a few of which that poke fun at his size (though he was in great physical shape at the time.) Bush lends strong support as his rather amoral buddy. Ryan is splendidly authoritarian and paints a memorable portrait of a man who is a big shot (especially in his own mind) every time and everywhere except when it counts. He is perfect in the role. Cook has a very showy and effective role as a mentally challenged old man who discovers the body. Riley is effective in her sleazy, but sympathetic role, but her big scene does seem out of place somehow and shifts the focus of the movie more than it probably ought to. Dano, a strong character actor in countless TV and film projects, does an excellent job as a jaded coroner (a far cry from "Quincy M.D.", he not only eschews a surgical mask, but smokes a cigarette during the autopsy!) The film is gorgeously photographed and extremely creatively directed. It had to be way ahead of its time in terms of camera-work. The texture and atmosphere of the scenes is beyond most of what is cranked out today. It's also loaded with quirkiness and irony (some might say overloaded.) In any case, it's a unique viewing experience with many rewards for the patient and incisive viewer. There's also a motorcycle chase that rivals any of the best from this period. Like so many films, the only way it can be fully appreciated is in the widescreen format. The glimpses of Monument Valley are welcome and add much to the visual appeal of the film. The film isn't completely flawless, but it is highly memorable. The title refers to the make and color of a motorcycle.

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