A short Arizona motorcycle cop gets his wish and is promoted to Homicide following the mysterious murder of a hermit. He is forced to confront his illusions about himself and those around him in order to solve the case, eventually returning to solitude in the desert.
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Works as a crime thriller, a character study, and a social document of 1970s uncertainty. Robert Blake gives an excellent performance as a motorcycle cop trying to figure out what it means to be a hero in a world of corrupt detectives, killers, drug pushers, drunks, floozies, and psychos. Great photography, and one of those classic cynical 70s endings.
Masterpiece? Road Movie? Hilarious? One of the best motorcycle movies? Bullshit. I was wondering all along the way is it a satire (not freaky enough), a comedy (not at all funny, unless you do not consider the unintentional scenes), a drama (impotence, loneliness, unfulfilled dreams; but no development here) or what?? The Harley's are nice to see, but apart from that this is a desaster.
Robert Blake is excellent as the vertically challenged motorcycle cop John Wintergreen who just wants to do good. The film plays well both as a murder mystery and as a snapshot of the disillusionment running rampant in the 70s. Great final and memorable last scene too.
"The night is talking to us Wintergreen. Sit down and listen..." This is clearly a retort to "Easy Rider." Psychologically taxing. Good use of slow-motion and a few marvelously bizarre scenes. Solid music choices all around. A great ending. "You're full of horse-shit Harv."
Amazing movie, I totally felt in love with it even if the trailer looks like an old "police academy" movie :) I'm currently listening to the soundtrack which is very good too, with dialogues included... I like it!