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Bullitt -- An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.
Bullitt -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Alan Trustman (screenplay) and
Harry Kleiner (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 October 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Steve McQueen As 'Bullitt' See more »
Plot:
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Modern directors should take note of the style. See more (323 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... Frank Bullitt

Robert Vaughn ... Walter Chalmers

Jacqueline Bisset ... Cathy

Don Gordon ... Delgetti

Simon Oakland ... Captain Sam Bennett

Norman Fell ... Captain Baker

Robert Duvall ... Weissberg

Georg Stanford Brown ... Dr. Willard
Justin Tarr ... Eddy
Carl Reindel ... Carl Stanton
Felice Orlandi ... Albert Renick

Vic Tayback ... Pete Ross (as Victor Tayback)

Robert Lipton ... 1st Aide

Ed Peck ... Westcott
Pat Renella ... Johnny Ross

Paul Genge ... Mike

John Aprea ... Killer
Al Checco ... Desk Clerk

Bill Hickman ... Phil
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mal Alberts ... Airport Information Agent (uncredited)
Scott Beach ... Man (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Voice (uncredited)

Barbara Bosson ... Nurse (uncredited)
Roger Bowen ... Man (uncredited)
Joy Carlin ... Woman (uncredited)
Brandy Carroll ... Mrs. Dorothy Renick (uncredited)

Joanna Cassidy ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Julie Christy ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Cleaves ... Uniformed Courtesy Officer (uncredited)
Tony Dario ... Cop (uncredited)
Michael L. Davis ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jim Demarest ... Captain Brady (uncredited)
Chuck Dorsett ... Airport counterperson (uncredited)
Thomas Duncan ... Clerk (uncredited)

Marjorie Eaton ... Mrs. Larkin (uncredited)
Walker Edmiston ... Voice (uncredited)

Sam Edwards ... Voice (uncredited)
Mimi Fariña ... Woman (uncredited)
Shirley Fitzgerald ... Mrs. Bennett (uncredited)
Dick Geary ... Bully Cop (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... (voice) (uncredited)
Dennis Gribbon ... Tony Bennett, Captain Bennett's Son (uncredited)

Stacy Harris ... Voice (uncredited)
Bill Jones ... 2nd Aide (uncredited)
Stu Klitsner ... Man (uncredited)
Jean Le Bouvier ... Woman (uncredited)
Margo Lungreen ... Irene Chalmers (uncredited)
Larry D. Mann ... Voice (uncredited)
Claire Merrill ... Mrs. Merrill (uncredited)
Kathleen Morrissey ... Chalmers' Mother (uncredited)
Ned Moss ... Senator Dixon (uncredited)
Vic Perrin ... Voice (uncredited)

Charlene Polite ... Woman (uncredited)
Angel Sanchez Jr. ... Kid On Street (uncredited)

Suzanne Somers ... Woman (uncredited)
Liz Treadwell ... Woman (uncredited)
John Allen Vick ... Hospital Policeman (uncredited)
Erick Vinther ... Street Spectator (uncredited)
Regina Waldon ... Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Yates 
 
Writing credits
Alan Trustman (screenplay) (as Alan R. Trustman) and
Harry Kleiner (screenplay)

Robert L. Fish (novel "Mute Witness") (as Robert L. Pike)

Produced by
Philip D'Antoni .... producer
Robert E. Relyea .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank P. Keller 
 
Casting by
Ann Brebner (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Albert Brenner 
 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson  (as Phillip Abramson)
Ralph S. Hurst 
 
Costume Design by
Theadora Van Runkle 
 
Makeup Department
Pat Davey .... hair stylist
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Jay Sebring .... hair designer: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Joe L. Cramer .... unit manager
Jack N. Reddish .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Zinnemann .... assistant director
Walter Hill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John K. Kean .... sound
Ray Barons .... boom mic operator (uncredited)
Dennis Jones .... cable man (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
 
Stunts
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Max Balchowsky .... stunts (uncredited)
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack L. Dill .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Ekins .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Bud Ekins .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt double: Robert Vaughn (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Steve McQueen .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Nuckles .... stunt double: Pat Renella (uncredited)
Paul Nuckles .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Courtland .... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Doran .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Douglas Freeman .... electrician (uncredited)
William Kenney .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bernie Schwartz .... grip (uncredited)
Joe Smith .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Levine .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ralph H. Martin .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Paul Beaver .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Max Bennett .... musician (uncredited)
Ray Brown .... musician (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician (uncredited)
Conte Candoli .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
Don Ellis .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Plas Johnson .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Carol Kaye .... musician (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Michael Melvoin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Ted Nash .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Jack Nimitez .... musician (uncredited)
Earl Palmer .... musician (uncredited)
Bill Perkins .... musician (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Howard A. Roberts .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin .... conductor (uncredited)
Ray Sherman .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Ken Watson .... musician (uncredited)
Jerry Williams .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bill Hunt .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor
Max Balchowsky .... car modifications: Mustang Charger engine and suspension (uncredited)
Pablo Ferro .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
114 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Australia:A (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1985) | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12 | Italy:T | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1968) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Africa:PG | Spain:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:M/PG (Approved No. 21906) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Woo's favorite film as well as William Friedkin's favorite film. It influenced both of them to make movies like Hard Boiled (1992), The French Connection (1971), Jade (1995) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985).See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: A microphone is visible as the killer questions the doctor.See more »
Quotes:
Bullitt:Look, Chalmers, let's understand each other... I don't like you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The First SnowfallSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
What was the actual route of the chase scene?
Why did Bullitt try to cover-up Johnny Ross' death?
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161 out of 183 people found the following review useful.
Modern directors should take note of the style., 21 February 2005
Author: jd372 from United States

What a change of pace this movie is as compared with its genre today. I'm no old fogey but would that modern directors become smart enough take several pages from its book.

The Bullit character is a precursor of Dirty Harry but a bit more cerebral. Stylistically, the director sets the stage beautifully for McQueen's Bullit. The movie has a European feel (director Peter Yates is a Brit) and achieves its dark mood through quiet understatement. The musical score for instance. Today, music is overly used, overly loud and manipulative. (i.e. in case you are not moved by this scene, here are a division of amplified violins to remind you to weep). In 'Bullit' the music is sparingly used and doesn't intrude at all. It complements the directorial style without setting the agenda.

The feeling of reserved naturalism is achieved through editing and dialogue. There really aren't very many lines in the movie and when characters do speak they are very succinct. Notice the last 15-20 minutes of the movie, most of which takes place at the airport. Hardly a line in it. There is none of the chattiness so prevalent today (especially post "Pulp Fiction") which is so tedious (unless the script is tip-top, which is rare).

Editing is, perhaps, its greatest strong point. The many long edits deserve equal credit with the dialogue in setting the low-key mood. The cinema verite dialogue of the airport scenes (and, say, the scene where McQueen and Don Gordon search the trunk) combined with the long cuts add greatly to understated feel while adding realism.

And the performances are top notch. The spare script helps McQueen shine since the taciturn moodiness fits his persona to a tee. There are very fine performances from all of the supporting cast, from Don Gordon to Bisset to Fell to Duvall to Oakland. This is a great movie for watching faces. Note the expressions of the hit men during the chase scene (just another example of this movie letting the little touches speak volumes).

The chase scene certainly deserves its billing as one of the best in movie history. Recently, 'The Transporter' was lauded for its opening chase sequence. The one in 'Bullit' is a marvel compared. In 'The Transporter' sequence I'm not sure there is a cut that lasts more than three seconds. In 'Bullit' it is again the editing which sets it apart here. The long edits give you the feel of acceleration and deceleration, of tire smoke and gears, of wind and the roller coaster San Francisco streets. You are given the time to place yourself in the frame. In short, 'Bullit' uses real craftsmanship. Films like 'The Transporter' use hundreds of quick edits to mimic the danger and immediacy of 'Bullit' but it comes across as hot air, confusion instead of clarity. The two scenes are perfect set pieces of easy (and hollow) Mtv-style flash versus real directorial substance.

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