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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.

Writers:

Robert Boris (screenplay), Robert Boris (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Hawk Wolinski ... VW Bus Driver (as David J. Wolinski)
Peter Cetera ... Bob Zemko
Terry Kath Terry Kath ... Killer
Lee Loughnane ... Pig Man
Walter Parazaider ... Loose Lips
Joe Samsil Joe Samsil ... Sgt. Ryker
Jason Clark Jason Clark ... L.A. Detective
Michael Butler ... Truck Driver
Susan Forristal 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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Legend of Big John See more »

Filming Locations:

Winslow, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Guercio-Hitzig See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Todd-AO)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Black and White (final scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both the director James William Guercio's wife Lucy Angle Guercio and the cinematographer Conrad L. Hall's daughter Kate Hall both appeared in the film in bit parts as an ice cream girl and a child (uncredited) respectively. See more »

Goofs

Manual for Traffic Control Devices mess. In one of the scenes where the police motorbikes are chasing the other bikers, it is clear that the road striping was being repainted to the new yellow system and shots show both. See more »

Quotes

John Wintergreen: I'm gonna do for you, in six weeks, what it took someone six months to do for me: nothin'.
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Alternate Versions

John Wintergreen is called John Winterberg in the German version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Terminal City: Episode #1.2 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Meadow Mountain Top
Performed by Mark Spoelstra
Written by Mark Spoelstra
Athena Music BMI
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Electra Glide In Blue - Masterpiece
12 April 2005 | by jonesrwSee 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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