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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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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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The word 'cop' isn't written all over him - something more puzzling is. See more »


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17 October 1968 (USA)  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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SEK 4,480,000 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Bill Hickman, seen as the baddie "Phil" who drives the Dodge Charger, actually did drive the Charger in the movie. The driving scenes netted him additional stunt work which included yet another classic car chase for The French Connection (1971). In 1973 he drove the Pontiac Bonneville as Bo in the chase of Roy Scheider's character Buddy driving the Pontiac Ventura Sprint coupe in The Seven-Ups (1973). See more »

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When Ross fires two shots at a policeman while trying to escape from the airport, he fires two shots about half a second apart. However, two bullet holes appear simultaneously when the first shot is fired. See more »

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[after much patient pressure, the desk clerk has finally offered up some details]
Desk Clerk: Am I helping you, sir?
Delgetti: I never had it so good.
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McQueen In The Driver's Seat
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steve McQueen was usually worth watching no matter what he was in, although he did a few stinkers like everyone else. This is not one of them; he's excellent here as an intense but low-key cop. It's a pretty solid police thriller which features a famous car-chase scene that supposedly set the standard (or maybe it did at the time of release.)

What's interesting to note, according to a documentary on the DVD, is that McQueen did his own driving! No stuntman for him, even at 110 miles per hour through the streets. Speaking of streets, San Francisco always makes for an interesting local.

Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon, Jacqueline Bissett, Simon Oakland and Robert Duvall complete the big-name cast, but this is McQueen's movie all the way.....and, for a film almost 40 years old, it's not very dated.


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