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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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An American Movie - By A New Director - James William Guercio 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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Mono (Todd-AO)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Black and White (final scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Composer James William Guercio recorded the music score bar the title track for the film in just the one day and conducted a sixty piece orchestra to achieve this. See more »

Goofs

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: You listen to me, hatchet artist! You're tampering with evidence and if you put your finger on one more thing in this room, I'm going to bust your ass! That's right... the officer in charge is talking to you and he's saying that you're going to be arrested as an accessory, after the fact, in a murder case!
Coroner: Now you listen to me. I have had had a lot of patience with you. You want to be a policeman. You want to stay on the force. Well you just get the hell out of here and get on that motorcycle ...
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Hill Street Blues (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Free from the Devil
Performed by Madura
Written by Alan De Carlo
Big Elk Music ASCAP
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Neglected Masterpiece
12 December 2002 | by carnivalofsoulsSee all my reviews

The seventies was a decade so overpopulated with great films that hundreds of truly great films went unheralded, and "Electra Glide in Blue" is one of these, sadly the singular film directed by the former Chicago manager, who penned the superb "Tell Me" sung by Terry Kath that plays at the end of the film. Like many late sixties/early seventies film the plot is insignificant, but rather a vehicle for lots of character development and social commentary. Blake is great as Wintergreen and the Conrad Hall cinematography is simply stunning, with the haunting lyricism of the ending beholding one of the finest closing shots in the history of cinema. Somewhere between the poetry of "Zabriskie Point " and "Easy Rider" (which it is frequently compared to but in many ways is the antithesis of) and the downbeat cop dramas that would follow during the decade like "The New Centurions" exists "Electra Glide in Blue", a gem certainly worthy of being rediscovered.


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