Electra Glide in Blue (1973) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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 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

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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
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

All Critics (10)

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

October 11, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

July 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

One of the great unsung films of the 1970s. It's so good you come away wishing James William Guercio had done more films.

January 23, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Weird little anti-hero tale

November 26, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

The picture tends to be free-wheeling to the point of formlessness, and has flashes of brilliance that get lost in periods of self-indulgence.

November 20, 2003 | Full Review…

James William Guercio was the producer of Chicago albums in the Seventies, and this is his only directorial effort.

August 15, 2001 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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
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. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer


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
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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