Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world's hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 ... See full summary »
Lee H. Katzin
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
Peter Yates hired a local trucking company for some background shots (most notably the scene where the Dodge Charger crashes into the gas station), but sent back the initial truck, because it was red. He didn't want any red vehicles in the movie, because it would detract from the blood. A blue truck was dispatched in its place. See more »
During the car chase Bullitt shifts up a gear 16 times without changing down a gear one single time. There is no Mustang with 16 forward gears. See more »
I do not choose to have people accuse me of false promises for the sake of cheap sensationalism, or to be compromised by your lieutenant.
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Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) is a police detective in San Francisco. Anambitious politician who commissioned him to protect a fugitive sought by the Chicago Crime Syndicate. However, Bullitt can not avoid being killed. From that point, you should investigate the case thoroughly to find the key to the mystery. Excellent film police that over time has become a cult. A simple script is complicated first showing all the ingredients of the genre: cop instinctive own methods, fiscal politicized, head brotherly girlfriend that certainly shift snitches, Mafia opening act, murder and action scenes. At no time has the feeling that behind every scene there are cameras rolling, but the scenes go by in front of the screen as life itself, hence the realism to the scene masterful car chase through the steep streets SanFrancisco by Steve McQueen without dubbing is striking for its accuracy and the commitment of the actor himself.
We are facing the best detective films. Peter Yates won recognition as a director with this film, and Steve McQueen makes a very good interpretation of Frank Bullita very individualistic and questionable methods (much like the later "Harry Callahan" Clint Eastwood).
The plot is simple but very well run and the film has good pace. There is a good side gallery (Norman Fell, Jacqueline Bissett, Robert Duvall,Robert Vaughn ...) and has one of the best chases in cinema history, accompanied by a wonderful jazzy soundtrack by Lalo Schiffrin.
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