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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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Weissberg
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Albert Renick
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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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Detective Lt. Frank Bullitt - some other kind of cop. Pity the guy he works for. See more »


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17 October 1968 (USA)  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 4,480,000 (Sweden)
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The cops that Steve McQueen rode around with wanted to test his mettle so took him to a morgue. They had to admit that the star was pretty cool when he showed up, eating an apple. See more »

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In the final scene, were Bullitt is washing his face and looking in the mirror, he is wearing the brown cardigan sweater from the day before at the hospital, not the blue turtleneck he had been wearing. See more »

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Cathy: You're living in a sewer, Frank. Day after day.
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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); Robert Bain, (guitar); Max Bennett (bass); Larry Bunker (vibes); Alvin Stoller (drums)Joe Porcaro,Jerry Williams (percussion).
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18 December 2004 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

The late 1960s saw two classic, hard-boiled thrillers set in San Fransico; John Boorman's stylised 'Point Blank', and Peter Yates' 'Bullitt'. Calling your hero Bullitt might seem an unsubtle way to emphasise his macho qualities, but in fact Steve MacQueen plays him as a quiet man, not some wise-talking maverick: he does what he has to do, but takes no pleasure in his actions; and survives the roughness of his work not by becoming a monster, but simply by becoming a little less human. It's a believable portrait, and the film as a whole has a procedural feel: there are action scenes, but these are kept in their place in the overall design.

Today, the film is most famous for its celebrated car chase, which makes excellent use, as indeed does the movie as a whole, of the bay area locations, but is not actually shot that excitingly: the conclusion at the airport is more original, though it roots the film in the time when it was permissible to take a loaded gun onto a plane. But overall this is still a classy film, dry, exciting and bleak, and among the very best films of its day. William Friedkin's brilliant 'The French Connection', made a short while afterwards, would appear to owe it a debt.


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