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Bullitt (1968)

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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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Peter Yates

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Alan Trustman (screenplay) (as Alan R. Trustman), Harry Kleiner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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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Storyline

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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M/PG | See all certifications »

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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:

$511,350
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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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In the scene where at Grace Cathedral where Chalmers is talking with Captain Bennett (Simon Oakland) has a more completed Bank of America building in the background than the filmed scenes at the Mark Hopkins where the B of A structure is only a shell. See more »

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When Bullitt and Cathy are by the water's edge, as she pulls her hair back over her right ear she is holding a flower which subsequently disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Chalmers: Lieutenant, don't try to evade the responsibility. In your... parlance, you blew it. You knew the significance of his testimony, yet you failed to take adequate measures to protect him. So to you, it was a job, no more. Were it more, and you had the dedication I was led to believe...
Bullitt: You believe what you want. You work your side of the street, and I'll work mine.
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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 »

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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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