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Arizona highway patrolman Robert Blake has aspirations to move up from traffic enforcement to homicide, and a tip he receives from desert kook Elisha Cook, Jr., about a mysterious death puts him on the path to promotion. But Blake soon becomes disillusioned with the corruption and brutality he finds on the force, and increasingly sympathetic to the plight of the young hippies his fellow officers constantly harass. This oddball, counterculture cult classic is the debut feature of James William Guercio, better known as the manager and producer of the rock band Chicago, whose music is featured on the soundtrack and several members of which appear in bit parts. "A neglected cult-classic that could have only come from (or have been made in) the early '70s … it's a quirky but unforgettable movie — part character study, part examination of an emerging youth culture — featuring some outstanding camerawork from future Oscar®-winning cinematographer Conrad Hall." – Wook Kim, TIME. DIR/PROD James William Guercio; SCR Robert Boris. U.S., 1973, color, 114 min. RATED PG

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