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ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE starring ROBERT BLAKE, MITCHELL RYAN, ROYAL DANO, ELISHA COOK, JEANNINE RILEY, BILLY GREEN BUSH and members of the rock/jazz group CHICAGO

BONUS: FEATURE-LENGTH COMMENTARY BY DIRECTOR JAMES WILLIAM GUERCIO

Anyone who appreciates the experimental phase Hollywood went through in the '70s is likely to enjoy this effective blend of mystery and social critique. ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE starts off with the kind of premise that could have worked as an episode of Quincy, M.E. but slowly transforms into a meditation on the challenges of being a honorable person in a world where most people find it easier to be dishonorable. The resulting film is not for all tastes but it is a joy for the adventurous viewer: James William Guercio (manager of Chicago, producer of SECOND HAND HEARTS, and was supposed to direct TOM HORN until he was replaced by William Wiard) directs with a grand flair for montage and widescreen visuals and the imagery he chooses is beautifully visualized by ace cinematographer Conrad Hall (ROAD TO PERDITION, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID). ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE further benefits from strong, lived-in performances by a reliable cast of character actors. Robert Blake (IN COLD BLOOD, TV’s BARETTA) is fantastic as John Wintergreen, bringing a great sense of underdog charm and wit to the character, and Mitchell Ryan (LETHAL WEAPON, MAGNUM FORCE) is alternately scary and pitiful as a "big dog" type cop who isn't as brilliant or upright as he first seems to be. Royal Dano (SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, KING OF KINGS) and Elisha Cook Jr. (THE MALTESE FALCON, THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL) add extra color in smaller roles, and Billy Green Bush (ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, THE CULPEPPER CATTLE CO.) offers a performance as Blake's layabout partner that takes on a surprising depth as the film progresses. Finally, it is worth mentioning that Jeannine Riley (THE BIG MOUTH, TV’s PETTICOAT JUNCTION) pulls off an extended monologue scene with great skill as Blake's sometime girlfriend. Keep a weather eye out for several small roles filled by Peter Cetera, Terry Kath and other members of Chicago. All in all, ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE is a slow-burning gem that is well worth the time for students of the New Hollywood era of the '70s.

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