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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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Detective Lt. Frank Bullitt - some other kind of cop. Pity the guy he works for. 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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After losing control of his car and smashing into a parked vehicle, Steve McQueen's then-wife Neile begged Peter Yates to use stuntmen. So when McQueen reported for duty to find stuntman Bud Ekins sitting in his car, dressed as McQueen, he was furious. See more »


When the guys in the Charger first lose sight of Bullitt as they stop to make a left uphill curving turn, there is a green Ford Falcon parked on their left, this car is replaced with a red and white Chevrolet circa 55 or 56 that was parked further away. See more »


Bullitt: Who else knew where he was?
Walter Chalmers: What?
Bullitt: Who else knew where he was?
Walter Chalmers: What are you implying?
Bullitt: Well, they knew where to look for him, and they used your name to get in.
Walter Chalmers: Are you suggesting I disclosed his whereabouts?
Bullitt: Well, somebody did. And it didn't come from us.
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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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A Not-to-be Missed Thriller
29 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bullitt is an extraordinary film, memorable, powerful, and absolutely riveting. The plot has twists and turns that are believable and lack any pretense of being forced or artificial. Justly heralded for its tremendous car chase--a tribute to legendary driver Bill Hickman, arguably the finest of all motion picture drivers--the film as well captures the feel of gritty detective work in a form that has been copied frequently since, but rarely, if ever, equaled. The film is a delight as a period piece: the easy-going, already laid-back Bay area culture of the late 1960's and early 1970's, the tension between the cool, vaguely anti-establishment Bullitt and the straight-laced local officials and department heads that he finds himself compelled to work with. The other actors are themselves a superb supporting cast: old-timers like Simon Oakland, Norman Fell, an oily (and vaguely Bobby Kennedy-ish) Robert Vaughn, and Don Gordon (as Bullitt's long-suffering but intensely loyal partner). But, as well, there are memorable newcomers: George Sanford Brown as an overworked doctor, Robert Duvall as a sharp taxi driver, and Jacqueline Bisset as Bullitt's trophy architect-girlfriend. Lalo Schifrin contributed a superb, memorable score--just the right mix of jazz and brass and percussion. And, of course, that glorious Mustang. . . .!!! Not to be missed!!!!!

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