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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 »


Certificate:

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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Runtime:

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

First of two consecutive movies where Robert Blake portrayed a police officer. Blake, who plays motorcycle cop John Wintergreen in this film, also played a policeman, Vice Detective Patrick Farrel, in his next picture, Busting (1974). See more »

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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

Jolene, Harve's Girlfriend: Well, well, well, my two knights in shining armor... Mr. Tall and Mr. Small. Come on in, gentlemen!
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John Wintergreen is called John Winterberg in the German version. See more »

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Featured in TCM Underground: Electra Glide in Blue (2006) See more »

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Free from the Devil
Performed by Madura
Written by Alan De Carlo
Big Elk Music ASCAP
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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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