Electra Glide in Blue (Blu-Ray)
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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. 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.
to know this Blu-Ray is of outstanding picture quality,only thing there is no scenes on the
menu and it's in 2.0 master HD audio,i would've loved for it to be 5.1 but what the hell you can't
get everything,and it's in 2.35:1 Widescreen,Oh how i hate full-screen with a passion,it should
be buried and gone,and don't come back,this has got to be the Absolute Best movie by Robert Blake
i've ever seen,John Wintergreen [Robert Blake],would like nothing better than to be a detective,
to wear a Stetson,and smoke the big fancy cigars,and who would like to be paid to think,so when
he stumbles upon a dead body,he try to prove he's got what it takes to handle the job,i think the
most poignant part of the movie is when Wintergreen got his chance to play detective,is when the
Sherriff took him to meet his girl in the night club,thinking he was her only man,then she turn the
table on him to let him know Sherriff everyone been having a piece of me even Wintergreen,no
one cared about her feelings just there own,that's when Wintergreen decide the job of being detective
is not so great because the Sherriff threaten his life if he ever tell anyone.
this movie is produced & directed by [James William Guercio] which also has an audio introduction,
The music is composed by [James William Guercio] As well.
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...))
Most recent customer reviews
This was worth the upgrade from the DVD I had. The movie is incredibly beautiful, and has certain existential qualities. Thanks Shout Factory.Published 23 months ago by Jeb
I remembered parts of this movie, especially the ending! However re watching it now was very disappointing. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2012 by Gerald Clarke
This film is a disjointed, unfocused, cynical, at times brilliant look at the life of a motorcycle cop in Arizona. Read morePublished on July 15 2001
"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... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2000 by P. Ferrigno
Electra Glide in Blue remains a curio in the subgenre dedicated to counterculture issues of the 1970s. Read morePublished on June 2 1999