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.
Walter Chalmers: Lieutenant, don’t try to evade the responsibility. In your… parlance, you blew it. You knew the significance of his testimony, yet you failed to take adequate measures to protect him. So to you, it was a job, no more. Were it more, and you had the dedication I was led to believe…
Bullitt: You believe what you want. You work your side of the street, and I’ll work mine.
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.
Bisset began her film career in 1965 and first came to prominence in 1968, starring opposite Frank Sinatra in The Detective and Steve McQueen in Bullitt, and received a most promising newcomer Golden Globe nomination for The Sweet Ride. In the 1970s, she appeared in François Truffaut’s Day for Night (1973) which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Murder on the Orient Express