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Electra Glide in Blue Details

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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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Blake Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1973 Nominee

Cast

Robert Blake
as Wintergreen
Billy Green Bush
as Zipper
Mitchell Ryan
as Poole
Jeannine Riley
as Jolene
Elisha Cook, Jr.
as Willie
Royal Dano
as Coroner
Jeff Ramsey
Joe Samsil
as Sgt. Ryker
Mickey Alzola
Chester Grimes
Peter Cetera
as Zemco
Terry Kath
as Killer
Susan Forristal
as Ice Cream Girl

Crew

Rupert Hitzig
Producer
Robert Boris
Screenwriter
Michael Butler
Screenwriter
Conrad L. Hall
Cinematographer
Harvey Fuqua
Songwriter
Jerry Greenberg
Editor
Jim Benson
Editor
Rita Riggs
Costume Designer
Joe Lombardi
Special Effects
Tom Shaw
First Assistant Director
Buddy Ekins
Stunts
Jerry Brutsche
Stunts
Mickey Alzola
Stunts
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