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
Chalmers tells Captain Baker that Bullitt has spirited Ross away, asserting that Bullitt did it for his own personal aggrandizement. The Captain agrees with that assessment.
While the Bullitt character in the movie would not do such grandstanding, the SFPD inspector upon which the character is based, Dave Toschi, definitely would. During one investigation Toschi sent a letter to the press using a false name, praising himself and his efforts, which resulted in Toschi being pulled off the case and which ruined his chances to become Chief of Police.
In real life, Steve McQueen was known to be a determined scene-stealer, often seen in the background fiddling with a prop in order to draw attention to himself and away from what was happening in the foreground. See more »
When Carl Stanton is driving the 1967 Ford Custom to the meeting at Walter Chalmers, he is preceded by a 1950's Nash and then when the policeman directing traffic in the next shot appears the 1967 Ford Custom is then preceded by a 1967 Buick Skylark station wagon. See more »
Look, Chalmers, let's understand each other... I don't like you.
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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 »
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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