Electra Glide in Blue (1973)


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A police officer who would rather use his brains than his gun is put into a situation where neither can help him in this police drama. John Wintergreen (Robert Blake) is a sawed-off and street-smart Arizona motorcycle cop who dreams of climbing the ladder and becoming a police detective, but his ambitions are scoffed at by his partner, Zipper (Billy "Green" Bush). Wintergreen's superiors tend not to take him seriously due to his short stature, but when he stumbles upon the site of a murder, he … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Butler, Robert Boris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Electra Glide in Blue

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | November 12, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

...a sporadically intriguing yet pervasively uneven (and dated) piece of work.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

It's far from perfect, but it's often moving (and frequently gorgeous).

Full Review… | July 15, 2010

Audience Reviews for Electra Glide in Blue

Electra Glide in Blue was a bad title, but everything else about it is pretty stellar. Performances are top knotch all round, the script taught and tight, and the cinematography... Did I mention it's shot by Conrad Hall?

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Electra Glide In Blue is a character study of an earnest and honest man doing America's second most unpopular job. Fans of early 1970s drive-in cinema, edgy action flicks will dig this picture. Some scenes are unforgettable, while others come off as amateurish, including the dialogue. In terms of structure and plot, there are plenty of similarities to "Easy Rider." Instead of a pair of hippies, it's John Wintergreen (Robert Blake) and his bike-riding cop partner "Zipper" Davis (Billy Green Bush on the edge of irritating), who happens to be a bit more sadistic and corrupt.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

Probably the most underrated movie of the 70s. Picture a right wing Easy Rider told from a pious cop's point of view and you're getting warm. Incredible cinematography by Conrad Hall.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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