- Actors: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon, Simon Oakland
- Directors: Peter Yates
- Writers: Alan Trustman, Harry Kleiner, Robert L. Fish
- Producers: Philip D'Antoni, Robert E. Relyea
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
- Run Time: 114 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,324 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000MTPAHW
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,299 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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His new assignment seems routine: protecting a star witness for an important trial. But before the night is out, the witness lies dying and cool, no-nonsense Detective Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) won't rest until the shooters and the kingpin pulling their strings are nailed. From opening shot to closing shootout, Bullitt crackles with authenticity: San Francisco locations, crisp dialogue and to-the-letter police, hospital and morgue procedures. An Oscar winner for Best Film Editing (1968), this razor-edged thriller features one of cinema history's most memorable car chases. Buckle up and brace for unbeatable action.
San Francisco has been the setting of a lot of exciting movie car chases over the years, but this 1968 police thriller is still the one to beat when it comes to high-octane action on the steep hills of the city by the Bay. The outstanding car chase earned an Oscar for best editing, but the rest of the movie is pretty good, too. Bullitt is a perfect star vehicle for cool guy Steve McQueen, who stars as a tenacious detective (is there any other kind?) determined to track down the killers of the star witness in an important trial. Director Peter Yates (Breaking Away) approached the story with an emphasis on absolute authenticity, using a variety of San Francisco locations. Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Duvall appear in early roles, and Robert Vaughn plays the criminal kingpin who pulls the deadly strings of the tightly wound plot. --Jeff Shannon
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Summary: Ambitious politician Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn) is holding a Senate subcommittee hearing in San Francisco on Organized Crime in America. To improve his political standing, Chalmers hopes to bring down Chicago mobster Pete Ross (Vic Tayback) with the aid of key witness Johnny Ross, Pete's brother. Bullitt takes place the weekend before the hearing, from Friday night (during the opening credits) to Sunday night. Following his theft of $2,000,000 in mob money and subsequent escape from Chicago to San Francisco, Johnny (Felice Orlandi) is placed in the San Francisco Police Department's protective custody for the weekend. Chalmers requests Lieutenant Frank Bullitt's (Steve McQueen) unit to guard him. Bullitt, Sergeant Delgetti (Don Gordon) and Detective Carl Stanton (Carl Reindel), give Ross around-the-clock protection at the Hotel Daniels, a cheap flophouse near the Embarcadero Freeway. Late Saturday night, a pair of hit men (Paul Genge and stunt driver Bill Hickman), burst into the room and shoot both Inspector Stanton and Ross, seriously wounding them both. Bullitt wants to investigate who shot the pair and find the Mafia boss who ordered the hit. Upset, Chalmers attempts to shift blame on to Bullitt and the San Francisco Police Department. Ross subsequently dies of his wounds. Bullitt suppresses news of the death, asking Doctor Willard (Georg Stanford Brown) to misplace the chart and have the body placed in the morgue under a John Doe identity. Chalmers arrives at the hospital on Sunday morning and is angered that Ross has disappeared. He is further incensed when he and his police minder Captain Baker (Norman Fell) receive no help from Bullitt. Chalmers places pressure on Bullitt to produce Ross, to no effect. Bullitt reconstructs Ross's movements, finding his way to a hotel where he finds a woman registered under the name Dorothy Simmons (Brandy Carroll). With the hearing the next day, Bullitt suspects the dead mobster may not be who he seems. After picking up his Ford Mustang, Bullitt is tailed by the two hit-men, resulting in a famous car chase that ultimately kills the hit-men.
Questions: Why didn't Bullitt like Walter Chambers? Whom was Bullitt trying to protect? Why was Bullitt protecting this person? What did Walter Chambers have to do with the protected person? Who interrogates Bullitt? Why was Bullitt interrogated? Whose identity did Bullitt find out about? Why did Bullitt ask for a copy of a passport? Whose passport was it? Whom did Bullitt follow to the airport? Who was Bullitt girlfriend?
My thoughts: Much was made at the time, and over the years since, of Lt. Bullitt's stylish "casual" attire of a turtleneck worn with a sport coat, slacks, and suede-like shoes. Since the major portion of the story in the film takes place over a Saturday and Sunday, this was actually in keeping with some police department's traditions of a more relaxed dress code on weekends for plainclothes officers. Bullitt is first seen at work when meeting Chalmers on a Friday morning - wearing a traditionally conservative navy suit under his trench coat, with a white shirt, dark tie and dress shoes. I love this movie! Bullitt could have been another Dirty Harry series if they could have done it. Steve McQueen was great in his character Bullitt. I thought that Jacqueline Bisset was great as Bullitt girlfriend. She also looked great in Bullitt blue dress shirt. I love the car chase scenes through San Francisco. Especially the ones that went down the roads on the hillside, as they would jump from one road to another. This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the movie so I'm giving this movie 5 weasel stars.
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