Electra Glide in Blue

Electra Glide in Blue

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Director: James William Guercio, Robert Blake, Billy Green Bush, Mitchell Ryan

Cast: James William Guercio, Robert Blake, Billy Green Bush, Mitchell Ryan

     
 

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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).

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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.

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Anyone who appreciates the experimental phase Hollywood went through in the '70s is likely to enjoy this effective blend of mystery and social critique. Electra Glide in Blue starts off with the kind of premise that could have worked as an episode of Quincy, M.E. but slowly transforms into a meditation on the challenges of being a honorable person in a world where most people find it easier to be dishonorable. The resulting film is not for all tastes but it is a joy for the adventurous viewer: James William Guercio directs with a grand flair for montage and widescreen visuals and the imagery he chooses is beautifully visualized by ace cinematographer Conrad Hall. Electra Glide in Blue further benefits from strong, lived-in performances by a reliable cast of character actors. Robert Blake is fantastic as John Wintergreen, bringing a great sense of underdog charm and wit to the character, and Mitchell Ryan is alternately scary and pitiful as a "big dog" type cop who isn't as brilliant or upright as he first seems to be. Royal Dano and Elisha Cook Jr. add extra color in smaller roles, and Billy Green Bush offers a performance as Blake's layabout partner that takes on a surprising depth as the film progresses. Finally, it is worth mentioning that Jeannine Riley pulls off an extended monologue scene with great skill as Blake's sometime girlfriend. All in all, Electra Glide in Blue is a slow-burning gem that is well worth the time for students of the New Hollywood era of the '70s.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2013
UPC:
0826663140606
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
7,637

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Blake Wintergreen
Billy Green Bush Zipper
Mitchell Ryan Poole
Jeannine Riley Jolene
Elisha Cook Willie
Joe Samsil Sgt. Ryker
Royal Dano Coroner
Mickey Alzola Actor
Alan R. Gibbs Actor
Chester Grimes Actor
Jeff Ramsey Actor
J.N. Roberts Belly Flop
Ron Rondell Actor
John Scovern Actor
Richard Karie Actor
David "Hawk" Wolinski Bus Driver
Jason Clark LA Detective
Michael Butler Truck Driver
Susan Forristal Ice Cream Girl
Peter Cetera Zemco
Terry Kath Killer

Technical Credits
James William Guercio Director,Score Composer,Songwriter,Producer
Mickey Alzola Stunts
Jim Benson Editor
Robert Boris Screenwriter
Jerry Brutsche Stunts
Michael Butler Screenwriter
Alan DeCarlo Songwriter
Buddy Ekins Stunts
Harvey Fuqua Songwriter
Alan R. Gibbs Stunts
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Frank Griffin Makeup
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Rupert Hitzig Producer
Jim Walker Set Decoration/Design
John F. Link Editor
Joe Lombardi Special Effects
Rita Riggs Costumes/Costume Designer
J.N. Roberts Stunts
Ron Rondell Stunts
Tom Shaw Asst. Director
Mark Spoelstra Songwriter
Rock Walker Stunts
Tom Wilkes Art Director

Scene Index

Audio commentary by director James William Guerico; Introduction by director James William Guerico; Theatrical trailer

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Electra Glide in Blue 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have always liked this film because in my opinion it cuts rigt to the core of what life is about with a powerful message. I don't think this film has anything to do with cops or murders, but rather lonliness and above all dreams. How far would you go to get your dream? Would you break the law? What happens if you give up everything for your dream and then fail to get it? What happens if you do get your dream and then find its worthless? These are deep questions that we rarely see in films anymore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by no means a classic film, but Robert Blake's performance "as usual" is quite good as the troubled cop. The final scene alone is a brilliant piece of cinematography.