An all-guts, no-glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Alan Trustman (screenplay) (as Alan R. Trustman), Harry Kleiner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Bullitt
Robert Vaughn ... Chalmers
Jacqueline Bisset ... Cathy
Don Gordon ... Delgetti
Robert Duvall ... Weissberg
Simon Oakland ... Captain Bennet
Norman Fell ... Baker
Georg Stanford Brown ... Dr. Willard
Justin Tarr ... Eddy
Carl Reindel ... Stanton
Felice Orlandi ... Renick
Vic Tayback ... Pete Ross (as Victor Tayback)
Robert Lipton ... 1st Aide
Ed Peck ... Westcott
Pat Renella Pat Renella ... John Ross
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San Francisco Police Lieutenant Bullitt's tasked by ambitious Walter Chalmers, to guard Johnny Ross, a Chicago mobster who's about to turn evidence against the organisation. Chalmers wants Ross' safety at all cost, or else Bullitt will pay the consequences. Written by Huggo

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"BULLITT comes to this theatre soon. That ought to shake up the place pretty good. Not many freaky cops like BULLITT around. You look at the Italian shoes and the turtleneck and you have to wonder. You listen to the official beefs about 'personal misconduct', 'disruptive influence', you figure he's got to be up for trade. But when some rare Chicago blood starts spilling in San Francisco, they give BULLITT the mop. They weren't exactly doing him a favour. But they've done a great big one for you" See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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M/PG | See all certifications »

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In the Spanish dubbed over voice, the insult "bullshit" said by Bullitt (Steve McQueen), talking with Chalmers (Robert Vaughn), was censored. It can be seen by Steve McQueen moving his lips, but not saying it. See more »

Goofs

When Bullitt leaves the hospital, taking Ross' body to the morgue, he is still dressed in the clothes he wore when he responded to the shooting the night before: brown cardigan over a light blue shirt. Very next scene, when he pulls up and parks the Mustang, steals the newspaper, visits local grocery, he is now wearing the trench coat over the trademark green sport coat and blue turtleneck, BEFORE he goes home, showers and is seen changing into these very same clothes for the remainder of the film. See more »

Quotes

Pete Ross: This is Pete. We lost him.
telephone voice: He's your brother, Ross. If you can't find him, we have people who can. And *you're* paying for the contract.
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Alternate Versions

During the car chase, when the Charger goes wide on a corner and hits a camera, the film was salvaged and red frames added at the end, to give a "point of impact" impression. Despite this gag being in situ for decades, on the current Cinemax Asia print, someone has seen fit to completely remove these last frames of the shot. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: Blood Relations (1998) See more »

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The First Snowfall
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Written by Sonny Burke and Paul Francis Webster
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McQueen's greatest film
11 January 2004 | by rclements3See all my reviews

This movie is a great example of how style can prevail over substance in a film. The story is straight-forward enough, but nothing outstanding - Det. Bullitt is assigned to protect a witness who will testify against the mob. He must protect him for about 40 hours, but somehow, hitmen discover the location of the witness and gun him down before he can testify. Then Bullitt must find the hitmen, as well as deal with an identity twist concerning the witness.

However, the music score, tight direction, the car chase, McQueen's performance, and especially Robert Vaughn's performance as a ruthless politician make "Bullitt" worth watching. In fact the performances are excellent all the way through the cast (with the exception of Jacqueline Bisset, who's there only for eye candy and brings nothing special to her role).

Of course, the car chase is the most famous aspect of the film. Simply put, it's the best car chase ever filmed, bar none. It's been copied, and with today's technology, should have been exceeded. Yet it still stands alone. Why?

First, the presence of Steve McQueen - who else could bring it off as well as he did? Second, the era it came from, the late 60's. Films in those days didn't have chases, so it set the standard. There's no camera tricks or special effects to screw it up, what you see is what you get. It's just wouldn't be the same if one of today's big stars got in his BMW to chase another guy in a Porsche, complete with special effects, the obligatory explosions and slow-motion techniques.

If you've never seen it, watch it. If you have seen it, it still holds up after repeated viewings. 9 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$408,627, 7 October 2018

Gross USA:

$511,350

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$511,422
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Solar Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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