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Electra Glide in Blue (1973) (1973)

Robert Blake , Billy Green Bush , James William Guercio  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Blake, Billy Green Bush, Mitch Ryan, Jeannine Riley, Elisha Cook Jr.
  • Directors: James William Guercio
  • Writers: Rupert Hitzig, Robert Boris
  • Producers: James William Guercio, Rupert Hitzig
  • Format: Widescreen, Dolby, Color, Digital Sound, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006TPDQQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Electra Glide in Blue (1973)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by director James William Guercio
  • James William Guercio introduction
  • Original theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Robert Blake "displays a superabundance of magnetism and machismo" (Cue) as a good cop on the ultimate bad bike in this "powerful" (Boxoffice) film featuring "striking action sequences"(Leonard Maltin) and a "bravura rock score" (Los Angeles Times). Set against the breathtaking visuals of Monument Valley, this mesmerizing film is your ticket to open-road excitement!The only thing good-hearted motorcycle cop John Wintergreen (Blake) wants is to become a detectiveto wear a big Stetson, smoke fancy cigars and be paid to think. So when he stumbles upon a dead body, he takes on the case and proves his stuff! But as soon as he's promoted, the corruption he must tolerate makes the Stetson not fit so well and the cigars not taste so good. Forced to confront his own disillusionment, Wintergreen heads out on his bike, the Electra Glide, where he makes another shocking discovery - one that could cost him his life!

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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful
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"Electra Glide In Blue" is easily one of my favourite "unknown" films of the 1970's. This was the first (and only) movie directed by rock producer James William Guercio, and in my book it is a top class effort.

Robert Blake ( from TV's "Baretta" ) plays ex-Marine now Arizona motorcycle cop, John Wintergreen, desperate to trade his Harley Davidson Electra Glide police motorbike in for four wheels and join the Stockman Motors detectives division. That opportunity presents itself soon enough, when Wintergreen comes across a gunned down corpse in an dilapidated shack and the puzzle of was it just suicide, or was it murder. Blinded by the supposed granduer of the detective's role, Wintergreen becomes sorely disheartened to find out that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the hill. Exposed to bigotry, hate and injustice, his lofty opinions of his police superiors quickly crumble as he realises the brutal and impersonal nature of their personalities.

The talented and versatile cast is what makes "Electra Glide in Blue" really crackle....Billy Green Bush plays Wintergreen's partner "Zipper" Davis...an abusive and arrogant police officer who is ultimately so insecure and lonely. The talented actor Mitchell Ryan plays head of detectives Harve Poole, another bombastic and narcisstic man seething with resentment and insecurities wracking his life. Jeannine Riley is the lonely, heartbroken waitress ?Joelene"....seeking warmth and affection in the arms of the local police officers....and the wonderful character actor, Royal Dano, is the tired and irritable Coroner. Plus, I can't leave out veteran character actor, Elisha Cook Jr., as the half witted desert loner, Willy.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really stunning, thoughtful movie. January 18, 1999
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Robert Blake plays a diminutive motorcycle cop in the middle of Arizona. His ambition is to make detective, and wear "that brown suit and hat that says 'you get paid to think.'" When he discovers a suicide that may be a murder, he gets his shot at the bigtime. I haven't seen every movie Blake's done, but this is probably his best role, and he really makes the most of it. Director Guercio (who, to my knowledge never directed another movie) paints a beautiful, poignant picture of this little man surrounded by an awesome landscape. In a way the desert represents Blake's situation. He's this tiny guy who wants to play by a code of honor and to do the right thing, but all around him is this vast wasteland crawling with people who want to bend the rules. The final shot of this film, along with the beautiful closing song (written by Director Guercio) is one of the saddest, most awe-inspiring moments in the history of filmmaking. This movie's not a thrill-a-minute chase flick, but a thoughtful, sad and inspiring story of duty, honor, decency, and the price those virtues bear.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie you've never heard of... August 8, 2001
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I had vague memories of seeing this film years ago when I was probably sixteen that had haunted me for the following sixteen years of my life. Having just seen this gem again on cable I remembered why. The acting in this film is so far beyond most of the junk that is released today that the phrase, they don't make them like they used to should be changed to , they can't make them like they used to. While some aspects of a movie of this age might seem a little dated who could reasonably deny that the final scene of this film is the most stunning thing ever exposed to film. Hell I could watch that ending every day for the rest of my life and always be awed by the beauty and sadness of it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Easy Rider July 15, 2001
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This film is a disjointed, unfocused, cynical, at times brilliant look at the life of a motorcycle cop in Arizona. Robert Blake plays John Wintergreen, a sympathetic loner and dreamer who aspires to be a detective. The suicide of an old drifter in the desert is quickly seen by Blake as a murder and his attempts to convince his superiors to investigate is met at first with derision. Through Blake's eyes we see a country torn apart: apathetic, neurotic, berift of dreams, lonely, capable of frightening acts of violence. An examination of the mindset of the early seventies and a film that is sometimes know as the "anti Easy Rider." Blake has rarely been better.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 25 or 6 to 4 stars out of 5 August 31, 2001
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This episodic and leisurely paced crime thriller/character study was one of the last of the true "60's" films (even though it was released in 1973). The twist here is that the existential anti-hero isn't riding a chopper or racing across America in a Challenger to keep one step ahead of "The Man" but in fact IS "The Man" --a motorcycle cop! One-shot director James William Guercio, previously known for producing the band Chicago and creating the Caribou Records label, does an admirable job (and leaves one wondering why he didn't continue to pursue filmmaking). Robert Blake delivers his second-best ever perfomance ("In Cold Blood" remains his highest watermark) as a highway patrolman yearning for a more glamourous (to his perception, at least) posting as a homicide detective. All the supporting actors are superb, and the expansive cinematography recalls "Vanishing Point" and "Badlands" with its sweeping vistas of the American West. A sleeper worth a look.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Robert Blake! Go!
Surprisingly good movie, and a good HD copy of an old film.
Published 20 days ago by Croc Dundee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great study in human behavior and the intricacies of personal relationships
Published 22 days ago by Edward R. Blacke
5.0 out of 5 stars Motorcycle Cop
Got this item in a timely manner, it was as advertised..loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Charles David Hull
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time & is as described; however, ...
Arrived on time & is as described; however, it would not play in our blu-ray, so we sent it back.Got another one, & it wouldnt play either. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film well remastered onto blu ray!
If you have seen this movie then you already know what it is and what make it special! I loved it the first time I stepped into that 75 cent matinee in 1973 and had no idea of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dana F. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie review
The review here applies to all 5 of the movies shown. I ordered all of them because I had seen all of them previously, several times each, in fact, and they are among my all time... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bluegene
5.0 out of 5 stars This is really a cult classic...
This film was not much when it first came out. Over the years it has taken on a life of its own. I remember seeing it when it was new and I was young. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rocky
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It's got everything way better than CHIPs ever was. Evergreen Zipper and Big Harv, even have to like the hippies that are part of the story.
Published 3 months ago by Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Look
You don't have to be a motorcycle fan to appreciate what I think is one of Robert Blake's better, but overlooked, performances. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael W. Vachon
5.0 out of 5 stars As great as I remembered
I saw this movie when I was in the military many, many years ago.......Its still a great movie and the picture quality was great..
Published 5 months ago by Thomas A Wilson
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