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Writers:
Robert Boris (screenplay)
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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 »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Blake ... John Wintergreen

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

Mitch Ryan ... Harve Poole (as Mitchell Ryan)

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)
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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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Language:
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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Trivia:
The motorcycle chase sequence was shot over five days in Victorville, California months after principal photography had already been completed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[to a lineup of motor cops]
Sgt. Ryker:TEN-HUT! Good morning, you fascists. You pigs. You bigots. You PINKOS. You FAGS! You BASTARDS. Fuzz. This indoctrination of vocal harassment was compiled by our own Juvenile Division in preparation for the concert this weekend.
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Electrifying Ending, 27 March 2009
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

With those evocative images and that emotionally charged music, the final fifteen minutes are electrifying. It's all about America, and a terrible ten years of assassinations, Viet Nam, and countless other cultural strife. The film's ending is saying ... enough is enough. Let the healing begin. And as American culture bled in the late 1960s and early 1970s, so too did the emotional lives of individuals, like the hodgepodge of aggrieved characters that come and go in this story.

Seeing some of these people and listening to their individual stories of pain and suffering is John Wintergreen (Robert Blake), a by-the-book Arizona motorcycle cop, short on stature but tall on dreams. Sometimes with his partner Zipper (Billy Green Bush), "Big John" encounters these tormented souls, on the road mostly. That's his job. The film's story is an ode to the courage and nobility of ordinary Americans pained by reality with only their dreams to comfort them.

The film's disjointed plot begins with a killing. And this incident keeps the plot moving. But "Electra Glide In Blue" is mostly a character study, not a crime film. Color cinematography is quite good. Interior shots have lots of close-ups, even extreme close-ups. There's a lot of diffuse lighting. Exteriors are shot like a modern-day Western. Indeed, the look and feel of the film is similar in some ways to the old John Ford Westerns, like "The Searchers".

The plot is the main weakness of the film. Some parts are overplayed, like the chase scenes. There's a lack of continuity both in storyline and in visual elements. It's as if many scenes were shot impromptu, on the rush. And some of the acting is way over the top. However, Robert Blake does a fine job as America's everyday cop with his sense of principles.

This film reminds me in some ways of "Zabriskie Point" (1970), a counter culture film which has a powerful ending that helps to make up for earlier plot problems.

Based on a real-life event, "Electra Glide In Blue" gets off to a slow start. Even midway through, one wonders whether this film is going anywhere or has any point to it. It is, and it does. You just have to wait for that powerful ending and its cinematic message of a tormented America, from the point of view of one lonely cop, just doing his job.

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