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."
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.