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Bullitt (1968)

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An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

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Delgetti
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Captain Sam Bennett
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Captain Baker
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Weissberg
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Dr. Willard
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Eddy
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Carl Stanton
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Albert Renick
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Pete Ross (as Victor Tayback)
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Westcott
Pat Renella ...
Johnny Ross
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High profile San Francisco Police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt is asked personally by ambitious Walter Chalmers, who is in town to hold a US Senate subcommittee hearing on organized crime, to guard Johnny Ross, a Chicago based mobster who is about to turn evidence against the organization at the hearing. Chalmers wants Ross' safety at all cost, or else Bullitt will pay the consequences. Bullitt and his team of Sergeant Delgetti and Detective Carl Stanton have Ross in protective custody for 48 hours over the weekend until Ross provides his testimony that upcoming Monday. Bullitt's immediate superior, Captain Samuel Bennet, gives Bullitt full authority to lead the case, no questions asked for any move Bullitt makes. When an incident occurs early during their watch, Bullitt is certain that Ross and/or Chalmers are not telling them the full story to protect Ross properly. Without telling Bennet or an incensed Chalmers, Bullitt clandestinely moves Ross while he tries to find out who is after ... Written by Huggo

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"BULLITT comes to this theatre soon. That ought to shake up the place pretty good. Not many freaky cops like BULLITT around. You look at the Italian shoes and the turtleneck and you have to wonder. You listen to the official beefs about 'personal misconduct', 'disruptive influence', you figure he's got to be up for trade. But when some rare Chicago blood starts spilling in San Francisco, they give BULLITT the mop. They weren't exactly doing him a favour. But they've done a great big one for you" See more »


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17 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 4,480,000 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Steve McQueen based his character on San Francisco Homicide Inspector Dave Toschi, made famous for his work on the Zodiac killings. McQueen had a copy made of Toschi's custom fast-draw shoulder holster. See more »

Goofs

When Bullitt continues pursuit of the Charger after spinning off into the dirt, you can hear him upshift once as he is driving away. In the next shot you can hear him upshift another three times. It is impossible to upshift any more than three times in total in a 4-speed transmission. See more »

Quotes

Walter Chalmers: I do not choose to have people accuse me of false promises for the sake of cheap sensationalism, or to be compromised by your lieutenant.
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Just Coffee
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Performed by
John Addino, David Brisbois, Conte Candoli, Don Ellis, Tony Terran (trumpet, flugelhorn); Milt Bernhart, Dick Noel, Lloyd Ulyate, Lew McCreary (trombone);Bud Shank (flute); Ted Nash, Plas Johnson, Justin Gordon (woodwinds); Ronnie Lang, Gene Cipriano, Bill Perkins, Jack Nimitez (sax); Ray Sherman (piano, organ); Paul Beaver (keyboards); Robert Bain, (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); Carol Kaye, Max Bennett (electric bass); Larry Bunker (drums)
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It was unbelievable in the theater ...
8 January 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I'll never forget the first time I saw this great car chase sequence in the theater. You felt the seat go away from you as you rode with Steve McQueen in that awesome sounding Mustang. The Plymouth don't sound too bad either. Very memorable.

When that bad guy puts on his seat belt, You just know Sh** is about to hit the fan. I just love the way the music cuts a way and all you hear for the next few minutes are engines roaring, tires squealing, and metal being customized by close calls that missed. I just saw this again yesterday. The film in DVD with the wide screen ... well worth the rental, IMHO.

Ok granted, the blood is a little lame, and the editing could have been a bit tighter, but that chase scene ... gave me goose bumps all over again.


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