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Bullitt

Bullitt

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Director: Peter Yates

Cast: Peter Yates, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset

     
 

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Robert L. Pike's crime novel Mute Witness makes the transition to the big screen in this film from director Peter Yates. In one of his most famous roles, Steve McQueen stars as tough-guy police detective Frank Bullitt. The story begins with Bullitt assigned to a seemingly routine detail, protecting mafia informant Johnny Ross (Pat Renella), who is scheduled to

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Robert L. Pike's crime novel Mute Witness makes the transition to the big screen in this film from director Peter Yates. In one of his most famous roles, Steve McQueen stars as tough-guy police detective Frank Bullitt. The story begins with Bullitt assigned to a seemingly routine detail, protecting mafia informant Johnny Ross (Pat Renella), who is scheduled to testify against his Mob cronies before a Senate subcommittee in San Francisco. But when a pair of hitmen ambush their secret location, fatally wounding Ross, things don't add up for Bullitt, so he decides to investigate the case on his own. Unfortunately for him, ambitious senator Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn), the head of the aforementioned subcommittee, wants to shut his investigation down, hindering Bullitt's plan to not only bring the killers to justice but discover who leaked the location of the hideout.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
1968's surprisingly influential Bullitt is a precursor to the hyper-explosive action movies that ruled the box-office in the 1980s and 1990s. More immediately, it made car chases de rigueur for nearly every police film of the 1970s. Bullitt's chase scene, a roaring ten minutes up and down seemingly every hill in San Francisco, took about three weeks to shoot; along with the two in The French Connection and the more protracted one in The Road Warrior, the scene is still regarded as one of the best pursuits ever filmed. Apart from this rather dubious legacy, Bullitt is also significant for recharging the crime-thriller genre with its snappy, faux-naturalistic look. Finely stylized by director Peter Yates and editor Frank Keller (who won an Oscar for his work), the film wears its gritty, urban feel on its sleeve; such an attitude would become a major hallmark of American films in the 1970s. Bullitt also elevated Steve McQueen from the status of mere star to that of worldwide superstar. The actor delivers perhaps the most consequential performance of his career as the fashionably icy title character. Brendon Hanley

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2010
UPC:
0883929151240
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
2,815

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Peter Yates; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve McQueen Frank Bullitt
Robert Vaughn Chalmers
Jacqueline Bisset Cathy
Don Gordon Delgetti
Robert Duvall Weissberg
Simon Oakland Capt. Bennett
Norman Fell Baker
Justin Tarr Eddy
Carl Reindel Stanton
Felice Orlandi Rennick
Vic Tayback Pete Ross
Ed Peck Wescott
Joanna Cassidy Actor
Suzanne Somers Actor
Georg Stanford Brown Dr. Willard
Robert Lipton First Aide
Pat Renella John Ross
Paul Genge Mike
John Aprea Killer
Al Checco Desk Clerk
Bill Hickman Phil
Charles Dorsett Airport counterperson

Technical Credits
Peter Yates Director
Albert Brenner Art Director
Phil D'Antoni Producer
Bud Ekins Stunts
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
John K. Kean Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Keller Editor
Harry Kleiner Screenwriter
Robert E. Relyea Executive Producer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Alan R. Trustman Screenwriter
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Zinnemann Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bullitt
1. Marked Man [6:38]
2. Bullitt's Wakeup Call [2:07]
3. Chalmers' Important Job [7:09]
4. Cathy: At Work and Play [3:50]
5. The Hit [7:12]
6. The Hospital [6:14]
7. Chalmers Calls the Shots [3:53]
8. "Our Man's In the Hospital" [3:00]
9. Cardiac Arrest [3:04]
10. "Nail Him" [6:29]
11. Hitman's Trail [4:48]
12. Chalmers Serves a Writ [5:51]
13. Eddie's Information [2:10]
14. High-Speed Chase [2:38]
15. Bullitt's Report [10:36]
16. Death In San Mateo [3:23]
17. Bullitt's World [2:52]
18. Telltale Luggage [2:40]
19. Dead Man's Identity [5:00]
20. The Airport [3:04]
21. Dodging Jets and Bullets [6:49]
22. Face In the Mirror [12:13]

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