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  • Actors: Robert Blake, Mitchell Ryan, Royal Dano, Billy Green Bush, Jeannine Riley
  • Directors: James William Guercio
  • Producers: James William Guercio, Rupert Hitzig
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TJKW4K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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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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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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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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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 amazon.co.uk. 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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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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Produced and directed in 1973 by James William Guercio (better known for his work in the music industry), Electra Glide in Blue is named after the Harley-Davidson motorbikes used by traffic cops in the '70's. First-time director Guercio took a salary of one dollar to have enough funds to hire Conrad Hall as cinematographer. Disagreeing about how the film should look, it was agreed that Guercio should shoot the outdoor scenes in a manner reminiscent of John Ford's films (the look Guercio wanted) and Hall should shoot the indoor scenes. The film received a mixed reception by critics and had limited commercial success, although subsequently becoming something of a cult classic.
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,
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