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Electra Glide in Blue (1973) ( The Legend of Big John ) (Blu-Ray)

Robert Blake , Billy Green Bush , James William Guercio    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Blake, Billy Green Bush, Mitch Ryan, Jeannine Riley, Elisha Cook Jr.
  • Directors: James William Guercio
  • Producers: Electra Glide in Blue (1973) ( The Legend of Big John ) (Blu-Ray), Electra Glide in Blue (1973), The Legend of Big John
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 112.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0070S0AFU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,224 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Australia released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Golden Globes, ...Electra Glide in Blue (1973) ( The Legend of Big John ) (Blu-Ray)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An icon from the 70's 17 July 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For those remembering this first time around you'll remember the talked about comparison with Easy Rider... the good guys/ bad guys thing... On watching the film again it is just as good as I recall and the character nuances, skill of performance and fantastic scenery all add up to a great film. On top of a great film you get a great plot and even better music ... particularly the last track 'Tell Me' .... so put it all together for a top notch, evocative and moving experience... excellent !!!. I'm surprised the movie is only just out out on DVD and just as surprised that the soundtrack is only available on vinyl...(which I've tracked down and purchased)... lets hope its out on CD soon. p.s. guess you've guessed the bikes are Harley Davidsons so if you have a yen for the bikes thats yet another reason to get the film !!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic 70s Movie 19 July 2009
Worth it for the opening titles alone which have never been surpassed for the integration of the music with freeze frames. The title sequence of CHiPS (1977)would probably never have happened had EGiB not existed !

The DVD has the bonus of the trailer which captures much of the film's essence and an interesting interview with the director, James William Guercio. What a pity he made nothing else.

There are strong performances from Robert Blake and the best portrayer of American "trailer trash" of his generation, Billy "Green" Bush, who also starred in Bob Rafelson's 5 Easy Pieces (1970). Add to that, the fantastic setting and reasonable plot and you have an enduring classic from the golden age of American cinema - the Seventies.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Rider on speed 1 Feb 2008
I think many people are put off this film by the title-they think it's a porn film. The script, the acting, the direction and the photography are superb! The scenery - mainly Monument Valley, is breathtaking, in fact I can't think offhand, of any way in which this film is not superb. I couldn't say how many times I have watched this film over the years, at least fifteen times, and I can always watch it again! Well worth watching.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Big Man 6 Jun 2005
By Tanya
An all time favourite - it has the flavour of the 70s, a gripping thriller of a plot, uniquely believable and painfully flawed characters, black humour and Robert Blake! What more could you need?
Blake is a highway patrolman, tired of cruising the blacktop on his Electraglide, who dreams of one day becoming a detective. When a for real murder mystery drops into his lap, he gets his chance to prove himself...but it's not quite how he imagined it.
This is CHiPs meets Blood Simple. A gem of a film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The summer of '74 12 Feb 2013
By Pete
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Back in 1974 I saw this film at the cinema 7 times in one week. You will appreciate that I am a little biased. For me, this is a classic. Why? It's a story of murder and corruption, the battle between good and evil and the ability of the underdog to take control. However, this is not a big action movie, it deals with things on a more realistic and somewhat more passive level. All this is coupled with some of the most amazing scenery and photographic work of any film. Then there's the ending! It has to be the most spectacular finale there has ever been, no bells and whistles but made powerful by its simplicity. Over 30 years later, this is still a masterpiece.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I hoped it would be 12 Sep 2009
The definition of a cult film must be that it is hard to find. And that many of your friends don't know it. Both of those are true here. In fact, there is no current Region 1 release (I live in the U.S.) so I purchased it from It was worth the extra work and cost.

For serious fans of the movie, there are still a few frames missing from the end. These were reportedly cut from the U.S. theatrical release in order to get the rating down to a PG. Supposedly the original UK version was more graphic (I'm trying not to spoil anything). But this new release by Optimum, while R2, still does not include the 17 frames either. Presumably they used the US master?

In any case it's a great DVD: Beautiful transfer, great soundtrack, and a career performance by Robert Blake.

The biggest question of course is why Jim Guercio never directed another film. Unfortunately he doesn't really address this on either the Introduction or in the Director's commentary. The former is very good and full of insight, the latter is more sparse; invariably Mr. Guercio seems uncomfortable talking over the film and down to the viewer, preferring to let his work speak for itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hasn't dated a bit! 20 Nov 2011
One of the four great Road Movies of the late 60s early 70s, the others being Easy Rider, Two Lane Blacktop and Vanishing Point. Ther'e's an innocence and naiivety in John Wintergreen that's fresher and less nihilistic than the other films. He has ambition, at least at first, a dream of bettering himself. The Driver in Two Lane Blacktop seems locked within his own inertia, unable to exploit the wide horizons he drove towards. Captain America in Easy Rider is lost within a society that doesn't understand him, looking for a utopia that he'll never find. Kowalski, too, in Vanishing Point, has reached a moment when he realises that he's simply too tired to carry on playing the game.

All four films are tragedies, but Electra Glide in Blue retains a sense of innocence throughout in John Wintergreen's irrepressible optimism - even when his dream of becoming a detective goes sour he still retains a sense of good-natured tolerance right up to the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
I am returning to this movie again and again. Master piece of James William Guercio. Great story, performance and music. Just great classic movie
Published 2 months ago by Penpot
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
I wanted to see this film for years and eventually bought the DVD. It is of the 70s American film movement that gave us films like "Easyrider". Read more
Published 7 months ago by Commercial lawyer
Neil Baker of Czech.Out gets 10/10 from me for great value and equally great service. When was the last time you got a hand written note from your supplier ? Read more
Published 7 months ago by mr.t.kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars America at the Crossroads/State of the Nation Film
Deeply cynical 'analysis' of America in 1973. A society riven with division (so the story goes). As a film nearly always interesting and great for the first and last portions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film
I saw this film many years ago,I bought the DVD and it still entertained me as the great old classics do..
Published 9 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great .
Great early seventies atmosphere ( usa ) . Still looks great after 40 years .... About a motorbike cop looking to becoming a detective .
Published 9 months ago by luikriako
5.0 out of 5 stars great film classic
great product very hard wearing and simple to use sylish and easy to usetime and again. would buy it again if needs be.
Published 10 months ago by delticwarrior
3.0 out of 5 stars I love this film
But this particular version has very large subtitles, in various languages and they are impossible to remove - or at least I couldn't find a way of doing it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Susan Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Electra Glide in Blue
Received in Excellent condition and just what was required to keep the grown ups entertained an excellent film with good entertainment all around
Published 13 months ago by Les
4.0 out of 5 stars A visceral performance from Robert Blake!
This is an iconic piece of 70's Americana.

We may look at it as part of an unofficial trilogy?
Along with Easy Rider, which also has a nihilistic twist ending. Read more
Published 13 months ago by scribe
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