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Electra Glide in Blue (Blu-Ray)

 PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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The only thing good-hearted motorcycle cop John Wintergreen (Robert Blake) wants is to become a detective...to 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 that could cost him his life!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT... WATCH IT... AGAIN and AGAIN! March 4 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This film is a must for your collection for three reasons:
1. The best cop film ever made.
2. One of the best films in American cinematic history.
3. It shows Robert Blake as one of the true great actors.
Before I get down to details, a complaint. When is this movie going to be available on widescreen DVD format? I bought the video and anxiously await the DVD release.
In 1973 Electra Glide In Blue was released to a big yawn. It has since become an American cult classic. If I told you where the interesting title comes from, I'd be giving away a major plot point.
Robert Blake plays a small-town desert motorcycle cop with dreams of grandeur. He seemingly gets his wish when he's promoted to detective and becomes involved in a homicide investigation. The investigation centers around a hippie commune where Blake identifies more with the hippies than with his fellow officers.
There are three truly great American actors: Marlon Brando, James Dean and Robert Blake. Electra Glide In Blue shows Robert Blake at his very best. And that's the name of that tune.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 25 or 6 to 4 stars out of 5 Aug. 31 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie you've never heard of... Aug. 8 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Electra Glide in 5 Stars March 28 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Although this movie came out awhile ago I just watched it recently and loved it! Robert Blake does a wonderful job playing the motorcycle cop that craves to become a detective but is disillusioned once he gets the promotion. The corruption conflicts with his integrity and he returns to being a motorcycle cop which best suits him. The ending left me stunned. This is one I'll be watching again.
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Robert Blake as "Big John" Wintergreen is the important part of this film.
Not to say that the motorcycle chase setpiece isn't worth watching.
Not that the end of the film isn't ironic and powerful.
But Bobby Blake simply *owns* this film.
As Arizona motorcycle patrolman John Wintergreen, Blake gives an excellent portrayal of a man who remains idealisticdespite the cynicism that his job normally engenders.
As other reviewers have mentioned, this film forms an almost certainly unintended (and somewhat tenuous, but nonetheless real) stylistic trilogy with "Easy Rider" and "Vanishing Point", examining issues and aspects of the counterculture of the 70s through the lens of America's addiction to gasoline.
Of particular ironic (and iconic) interest to myself and other Viet Nam veterans is the scene betwen Big John and the truck driver...
And the poignance of the ending is unquestionable, reflecting the cynical view that "No good deed goes unpunished."
((Why was a still from this film displayed with other photos, awards and trophies on Captain Furillo's office wall on "Hill Street Blues"?))
((Incidentally, while director Guercio was, as has been mentioned, horn band Chicago's producer, before that he played bass for Frank Zappa in the Mothers of Invention...))
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"Electra Glide In Blue" is easily one of my favourite "unknown" films of the 1970's. This was the first movie directed by rock producer James William Guercio, and in my book it is a top class first effort.
Robert Blake plays ex-Marine cum Arizona motorcycle cop, John Wintergreen, desperate to trade his bike in for four wheels and join the detectives division. 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 police superiors quickly crumbles as he realises the brutal and impersonal nature of their personalities.
The talented and varied cast is what makes "Electra Glide in Blue" crackle....Billy Green Bush plays Wintergreens partner "Zipper" Davis...an abusive and arrogant police officer who is ultimately insecure and lonely.The talented Mitchell Ryan plays head of detectives Harve Poole, another bombastic and narcisstic man with deep hatred 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. And I can't leave out veteran character actor, Elisha Cook Jr., as the half witted desert loner, Willy.
Add to this fine cast some spectacular cinematography of the stunning Arizona landscape and a haunting and somewhat foreboding soundtrack...and you have an interesting, thought provoking and powerful film that plays it's cards right out to the end....
A worthy addition to your collection of great 70's films.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie, and the Shout Factory bluray looks magnificent
This was worth the upgrade from the DVD I had. The movie is incredibly beautiful, and has certain existential qualities. Thanks Shout Factory.
Published 7 months ago by Jeb
5.0 out of 5 stars He's A Good Cop..On A Big Bike.On A Bad Road.
I see everyone here that write their review is about the VHS,well boy wouldn't you love
to know this Blu-Ray is of outstanding picture quality,only thing there is no scenes on... Read more
Published 16 months ago by trek fan
2.0 out of 5 stars this movie was disappointing
I remembered parts of this movie, especially the ending! However re watching it now was very disappointing. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gerald Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Easy Rider
This film is a disjointed, unfocused, cynical, at times brilliant look at the life of a motorcycle cop in Arizona. Read more
Published on July 15 2001 by "gavronthemagician"
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting failure with stunning cinematography....
Electra Glide in Blue remains a curio in the subgenre dedicated to counterculture issues of the 1970s. Read more
Published on June 2 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite movie
Set in early 70's Arizona near Phoenix, this panoramic story of an ambitious but reflective motorcycle cop trying to break the case is truly unique. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A really stunning, thoughtful movie.
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 1999
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