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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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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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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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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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Trivia

James William Guercio was a very successful record producer (The Buckinghams, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Chicago). Several members of Chicago appeared in cameos: Peter Cetera as Bob Zemko; Terry Kath as Killer; Lee Loughnane as Pig Man; Walter Parazaider as Loose Lips. 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: 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 »

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A great Road Movie, with themes of honesty, integrity and duty.
24 April 2004 | by paulmoran99See all my reviews

EGinB should be seen as an anthem to early 70's America, and the ringing messages of all road movies at the time.The film is unique as a tour de force from a director who knew precisely what he was doing.From the opening scene, with it's brilliant use of close-ups, to the final incredible draw-back, EGinB relentlessly drives home the message of post-Vietnam America, with themes of honesty,realization,ruthlessness and duty.As in other Road Movies, the Road is the conduit along which America travels for hope and redemption.The implication is that it is only in the expanse and purity of the Big Country that these ideals can be attained.

Blake seizes his opportunity to wrest his character, Wintergreen, out of the Vietnam War and into a troubled American Society; not without a little resentment along the way. His remark to the truckdriver he books, displays his feelings; " I'll give you,what they gave me (in Vietnam)...nothing". His ideals of right and honesty give way eventually to acceptance of the system, with all it's failings.

The photography is beautiful and skillful, lending a curious winsome nostalgia to the Great American Outback.Wintergreen's gleaming bike,( the Electra Glide of the title), deserves a credit of it's own. EGinB has an ending that audiences have argued about for 30 years. I think it is an original devize by the director, that emphasises the plight of nations and individuals, who trade honesty and integrity for mundanity and compromise.Additionally, what you are really watching during the long 7 1/2 minutes drawback, is a pictorial unfolding of the American flag.This echos the ' God bless America ' lyrics of the Big Elk soundtrack.Watch it, and listen to the music of Big Elk as it unfolds.It somehow encapsulates the film and it's themes, and is mesmeric for that. See it, but realize what you are watching; it's worth the research; and you'll never see a Volkswagan Camper in the same light again!


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