Bullitt is a 1968 American dramatic action thriller film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D’Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, The film was made by McQueen’s Solar Productions company, with his then-partner Robert E. Relyea as executive producer. Released by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts on October 17, 1968, the film was a critical and box office smash.
Bullitt is also notable for its car chase scene through the streets of San Francisco, which is regarded as one of the most influential in movie history
There are bad cops and there are good cops – and then there’s Bullitt.
The Ford Mustang is an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. It was initially based on the platform of the second generation North American Ford Falcon, a compact car. Introduced early on April 17, 1964
At the time of the film’s release, the car chase scene generated a great amount of excitement. Leonard Maltin has called it a ‘now-classic car chase, one of the screen’s all-time best.’Emanuel Levy wrote in 2003 that, ‘Bullitt contains one of the most exciting car chases in film history, a sequence that revolutionized Hollywood’s standards. In his obituary for Peter Yates, Bruce Weber wrote ‘Mr. Yates’ reputation probably rests most securely on “Bullitt” (1968), his first American film – and indeed, on one particular scene, an extended car chase that instantly became a classic.’The editing of this scene likely won editor Frank P. Keller the Academy Award for Best Editing.
Later, producer Philip D’Antoni filmed two more car chases for The French Connection and The Seven-Ups, both set and filmed in New York City.
In 2007, Bullitt was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’ In 2008, the Ford Motor Company produced the Mustang Bullitt model for the 40th anniversary of the film.
Directed by Peter Yates
Produced by Philip D’Antoni
Based on Mute Witness
by Robert L. Fish
Starring Steve McQueen
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Distributed by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Release date October 17, 1968
Country United States
Detective Lt. Frank Bullitt – some other kind of cop. Pity the guy he works for.
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.