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Bullitt (1968)

PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  17 October 1968 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Tarr ...
Carl Reindel ...
Felice Orlandi ...
Albert Renick
Pete Ross (as Victor Tayback)
1st Aide
Pat Renella ...
Johnny Ross


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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Release Date:

17 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bullit  »

Box Office


$5,500,000 (estimated)


SEK 4,480,000 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The famous car chase lasts 10 minutes and 53 seconds. See more »


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 »


[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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Referenced in Driver: San Francisco (2011) See more »


The Architect's Building
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Performed by
Bud Shank (flute); Robert Bain (guitar); Ray Brown; Earl Palmer (drums)
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The real king......
29 October 2003 | by (Danville, Virginia) – See all my reviews

McQueen was really the King of Cool. I have read many comments here about this film, and some say it is slow, some say it is an action thriller. Thrilling it is! Steve did not have to jabber in every scene to dominate this film. The car chase is unequaled to this day. How can anything on the road in later years compare to the "muscle cars" of the late 60s? But Steve was the star, make no mistake, and even though the dialogue was minimal, it was enough. Steve McQueen had that power on the screen. He remains one of Hollywood's best, even though he passed away over twenty years ago. We will not see the likes of him for many more years. Women loved him, men loved him too. If you have not seen many of his films, watch any you can. Watch him in Tom Horn (1980), and Papillon (1973). Try The Getaway (1972), Junior Bonner (1972)and the humorous The Reivers (1969). Of course, The Sand Pebbles (1966) , The Great Escape (1963), and the ever classic The Magnificent Seven(1960) are among his most popular films. You never go wrong with any of these.

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