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Electra Glide In Blue [DVD]
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Cult movie about an undersized motorcycle cop, following his progress from patrol policeman to plainclothes detective working on a bizarre murder case. But as his career progresses, he becomes more and more disillusioned with his work. A one-off film from James William Guercio, a former record producer.
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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.
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.
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.
The story is about a bored motorcycle cop (played by Robert Blake) who has ambitions of becoming a detective. Following a murder in the desert his ambition is realised, albeit briefly and he returns to traffic duties in the Arizona desert. It would be unfair to say how it ends - suffice it to say that the story works on a number of levels - on one hand, it is simply a drama about motorcycle cops told with some degree of humour and a fair amount of cynicism but on a higher level it depicts a man trying to better himself whilst remaining true to his ideals in a corrupt and cynical world.
Some might find similarities to"Easy Rider" and "Dirty Harry" - with excellent cinematography and scenes of the Arizona desert (many shot in Monument Valley), it is still a film worth watching after all these years,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Five stars for me,knowing well a modern western or seventies road movie are not couple friendly,or like this not family friendly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dean Stansfield
A dark and muddled film in equal measure. It does however hold You though because of the central performance of the Great (eh... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
Terrific film which was touted as the cop's answer to Easy Rider. Directed by James Guernica (the manager of Chicago) Electra Glide In Blue is an accomplished film and the only... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dan Smith
Was pleasantly surprised by this film. I thought the story line was well played out and interesting. The actors where good.Published 8 months ago by Juddz444