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Bullitt (1968)

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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Dr. Willard
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Pete Ross (as Victor Tayback)
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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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17 October 1968 (USA)  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$42,300,873
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Trivia

Bill Hickman (Phil), who drives the Dodge Charger, actually did drive the Charger in the movie. The driving scenes netted him additional stunt work, which included yet another classic car chase for The French Connection (1971). In 1973, he drove the Pontiac Bonneville as "Bo", in the chase of Roy Scheider's character "Buddy", driving the Pontiac Ventura Sprint coupe in The Seven-Ups (1973). See more »

Goofs

When Bullit yields for the first car at the 66 station, it is a Pontiac not a Plymounth Fury and when it switches to a different car, that car is a Desoto not a Ford Victoria. See more »

Quotes

Chalmers: Come on, now. Don't be naive, Lieutenant. We both know how careers are made. Integrity is something you sell the public.
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Connections

Referenced in Metallica: I Disappear (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Snowfall
(uncredited)
Written by Sonny Burke and Paul Francis Webster
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An essential film...
5 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

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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