Bullitt
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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 toSee more details below

Overview

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:
02/27/2007
UPC:
0085391136842
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
17,244

Special Features

Commentary by director Peter Yates; 2 feature length documentaries:; Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool; The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing in 1080p high defintion and 5.1 audio; Vibtage featurette: Bullitt: Steve McQueen's Commitment to Reality; 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

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bullitt
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23

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