|Kristofferson, with a look similar to that in Cisco Pike.|
The look of a close DE shave is different from most multi-blade-system shaves. The DE shave is close, yes, but more characteristic is the shiny, ultra-exfoliated smoothness that seems to only come from a single blade against the skin.
In the year 1972, the Gillette Trac II, the first multi-blade cartridge shaving system, was about one year on the market. (That was the razor with which I learned to shave.) DE razors and blades were still common and readily available. Men's grooming fashions included long, shaggy hair (but older men still kept their hair more trimmed). Long, bushy sideburns were the norm and mustaches were often worn.
In Cisco Pike, Kristofferson was clean shaven and shaggy haired; Hackman had a mustache with a neatly-trimmed coiffure -- after all, he was playing a policeman. What was so obvious to me, today a regular DE shaver, was that characteristic shiny smoothness to their faces. In close up after close up, they had that baby-bottom-smooth look to the planes of their cheeks and chin. In fact, their shaves were so smooth that, once I noticed them, the movie lost a bit of credibility because nobody would typically maintain that close of a shave throughout the day -- especially Kristofferson's character, who probably wouldn't have shaved that often or that closely to begin with.
You too can have that remarkable, recognizable close shave, which your most intimate friends might appreciate for its kissably-close smoothness. The daily DE shave can also be both a fun and relaxing zen-like ritual.