Electra Glide in Blue

1973

Electra Glide in Blue

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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 digs up enough relevant evidence to insure his advancement to detective status. However, after a few days on the job, Wintergreen begins to realize just how corrupt his superior Poole (Mitchell Ryan) truly is after Poole attempts to frame a local hippie, Bob Zemko (Peter Cetera), for a crime he didn't commit. Adding fuel to the fire is Poole's discovery that he and Wintergreen have been dating the same woman, dancer-turned-barmaid Jolene (Jeannine Riley). Electra Glide in Blue was the first (and to date only) directorial credit for James William Guercio. Successful in the music industry as a manager and producer, Guercio was best known for his association with the top-selling jazz-rock group Chicago; several members of the band appear in the movie, as does a young Nick Nolte in a bit part. On a note of sad irony, Terry Kath, the longtime Chicago vocalist who died in 1978 from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, plays a gun-wielding killer in this film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Robert Blake
as John Wintergreen
Mitchell Ryan
as Harve Poole
Royal Dano
as Coroner
Peter Cetera
as Bob Zemko
Terry Kath
as Killer
Joe Samsil
as Sgt. Ryker
Jason Clark
as LA Detective
Michael Butler
as Truck Driver
Susan Forristal
as Ice Cream Girl
David Wolinski
as Bus Driver
Lucy Angle Guercio
as Ice Cream Girl
Melissa Green
as Zemko's Girl Friend
Bob Zemko
as The Beard
Madura
as Rock Group at Concert
Rebecca Kapp
as Cop's Girl Friend
Jim Gilmore
as Detective
John Scovern
as Detective
Herb Sells
as Detective
Lew Burch
as Detective
Gary Nichamin
as Hospital Attendant
J.N. Roberts
as Belly Flop
Jane Ferris
as Policewoman
Adrienne Hayes
as Bike Girl
Susan Hail
as Bike Girl
Chester Grimes
as Bike Rider
Jeff Ramsey
as Bike Rider
Richard Karie
as Bike Rider
Doug Burns
as Bike Rider
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Critic Reviews for Electra Glide in Blue

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Audience Reviews for Electra Glide in Blue

  • Mar 20, 2011
    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. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view&current=electraglide.png" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/electraglide.png" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2010
    1970's classic film as little motorcycle cop with big simple heart dreams of being a homicide detective in a land where prejudice, cynicism, and just-looking-out-for-number-one-ism rules. A great character study, and unlike FORREST GUMP, it doesn't go for an easy happy-by-numbers ending.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2010
    <div><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/electra-glide-in-blue-13959894"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/95/98/13959894_ori.jpg" border="0" /></a><div><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div><br/><br/><b><i>ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE</i> (1973)</b><br/>WRITTEN BY: Robert Boris<br/>DIRECTED BY: James William Guercio<br/>FEATURING: Robert Blake, Billy Green Bush Mitch Ryan, Cook Jr., Royal Dano, and Hawk Wolinski <br/>GENRE: Black Comedy-Action<br/>TAGS: drama, mystery, shocking violence<br/><br/>PLOT: A highway patrolman weaves his way through a tangled path of police stupidity, corruption and downright insane fellow officers to solve a murder.<br/><br/>COMMENTS: Appalling violence punctuates this poetic ballad of an Arizona motorcycle cop working a murder case. Released during a '70's biker movie trend, the thoughtful <i>Electra Glide in Blue</i> keeps good company with other pensive, cycle-centric character studies such as <i>Little Faus and Big Halsey</i> and <i>Easy Rider</i>. Like the latter two, <i>Electra Glide in Blue</i> features strong characterization and an offbeat story. <br/><br/>John Wintergreen (Blake) has an uneasy alliance with his off--kilter, corrupt partner "Zipper" (Bush) as small-league highway cops. The pair have a relatively easy professional lifestyle, lounging in the desert, reading, picking up girls at lunch stands, and killing boredom. Their routine is periodically broken by traffic stops, high speed chases, and shake-downs of hippies in VW buses, the latter often involving planted evidence. <br/><br/>The pair find the job comfortable enough and it's all for decent pay, but Wintergreen longs for more. He ambitiously yearns to make detective and to be paid to think rather than to write tickets. Wintergreen gets his chance when he and Zipper encounter an hysterical prospector (Cook) who reports his friend's suicide. <br/><br/>Suspecting more than suicide upon examining the body, Wintergreen is assigned to tag along with the shady detective Poole (Ryan) who is in charge of the investigation. Poole takes Wintergreen under his wing as a protégé, and starts showing him the ropes of how to become an investigator. <br/><br/>Problem is, Poole has some awfully funny ideas about law enforcement that go beyond the merely unorthodox. Wintergreen must listen to his inner voice to separate the wheat from the chaff. Poole isn't the only loose cannon on the force. Local law enforcement en masse plays fast and loose with the law, often making up their own rules as they go along. <br/><br/>One condition more than any other characterizes Wintergreen's colleagues on the force: for them the throttle is wide open. Worse, left to his own devices, WIntergreen's partner Zipper takes full advantage of the permissive status quo, and running freely, quickly comes unglued. Without WIntergreen around to keep an eye on him, Zipper psychologically deteriorates and is soon ready for the rubber gun squad. <br/><br/>Wintergreen meanwhile continues his sleuth endeavors on the murder investigation. Encountering a parade of eccentric characters and oddball situations along the way, unexpected, extremely violent encounters punctuate Green's detective apprenticeship. Wintergreen is hell-bent on being a conscientious, honest cop, but will he be able to stay true to this goal while being pressured by the savage and corrupt officers surrounding him?<br/><br/>Biking enthusiasts will appreciate the chase sequences, jarring action, and impressive stunts, but <i>Electra Glide in Blue</i> is not intended to be a motorcycle film per se. It's a character study, grim and gritty, at times darkly funny, but always unpredictable. Strong performances and good character development distinguish this unusual picture, made all the more atypical for being a cop-perspective film directed by rock band Chicago's manager during the anti-establishment early '70's. <br/><br/><div><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/electra-glide-in-blue-13959871"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/95/98/13959871_ori.jpg" border="0" /></a><div><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div><br/><div></div><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11135827"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/XyB_igTHMaw/0.jpg" border="0" /></a><div><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"href="http://www.flixster.com"><i>Electra Glide in Blue</i></a> - chase sequence</div><br/><br/><div></div><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11135826"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/7Q-hSSks9fU/0.jpg" border="0" /></a><div><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank"href="http://www.flixster.com"><i>Electra Glide in Blue</i></a> - trailer</div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2007
    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 S Super Reviewer

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