Senator Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn) is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross (Vic Tayback) with the help of testimony from the criminal’s hothead brother Johnny (Pat Renella), who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen). When a pair of mob hitmen enter the scene, Bullitt follows their trail through a maze of complications and double-crosses. This thriller includes one of the most famous car chases ever filmed.
Bullitt (1968) – San Francisco Car Chase Scene (4/10) | Movieclips
CLIP DESCRIPTION: Bullitt (Steve McQueen) refuses to back down when the Charger trying to follow him takes it up a notch, leading to a chase through the streets of San Francisco.
Although Steve McQueen was credited with the driving during the chase sequence, it was actually shared by McQueen and Bud Ekins, one of Hollywood’s best stunt drivers. From the interior shots looking forward inside the Mustang, it’s easy to see which one is driving. When McQueen is driving, the rear view mirror is down reflecting his face. When Ekins is driving it is up, so his face is hidden.
Bullitt (1968) – Ford Mustang vs. Dodge Charger Scene (5/10) | Movieclips
Two Mustangs and two Dodge Chargers were used for the famous chase scene. Both Mustangs were owned by the Ford Motor Company and part of a promotional loan agreement with Warner Brothers. The cars were modified for the high-speed chase by veteran auto racer Max Balchowsky. Stunt coordinator Carey Loftin got Bud Ekins to drive the Mustang for the bulk of the stunts. Both of the Dodges were junked after the filming, as was one of the Mustangs. The other less banged-up Mustang was purchased by a Warner Brothers employee after all production and post-production was completed. The car ended up in New Jersey a few years later, where Steve McQueen attempted to buy it. The owner refused to sell, and the car now sits in a barn, and has not been driven until recently when it was used by Ford to promote the 2018 “Bullitt” Mustang when revealed at the Detroit international auto show.
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Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn |
Robert Vaughn (politician Walter Chalmers) received the script and didn’t like it. He felt that there was no plot, nor a sensible story line. Steve McQueen insisted Vaughn do the film, but he refused, until the studio finally offered him so much money, he finally said yes.
Several items of clothing worn by Steve McQueen received a boost in popularity thanks to the film: desert boots, a trench coat, a blue turtleneck sweater and, most famously, a brown tweed jacket with elbow patches.
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While filming the scene where the giant airliner taxis just above Steve McQueen, observers were shocked that no double was used. Asked if the producers couldn’t have found a dummy, McQueen wryly replied, “They did.”
At the time, San Francisco was not a big filmmaking mecca, and Mayor Joseph L. Aliotowas very keen to promote it as such. Consequently, this movie enjoyed a freedom of movement around the city that would be scarce today, including giving up an entire hospital wing for filming, closing down multiple streets for three weeks for a car chase scene, and taking over San Francisco International Airport at night.
Bullitt (1968) Official Trailer – Steve McQueen Movie
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.
The film’s famous chase scene wasn’t originally in the script. In the first draft of this movie, adapted from Robert L. Fish‘s novel “Mute Witness”, Detective Frank Bullitt was a Boston policeman who ate a lot of ice cream and never solved a case. The book had originally been bought with Spencer Tracy in mind; but with Tracy’s death, the property fell into the hands of Steve McQueen and producer Philip D’Antoni. D’Antoni added the chase, and changed the location to San Francisco.
Cathy (Jacqueline Bisset) is shown working in an architectural studio with a model of a modernistic and angular fountain her character has designed. This is an actual model of a sculpture titled “Quebec libre!” by Canadian sculptor Armand Vaillancourt. The monumental fountain was being studied at the time the film was being made. The fountain was built and completed three years later in 1971, not in black as the model shows, but in natural gray concrete. It may be seen today at the Embarcadero Center in downtown San Francisco, across the street from the Ferry Building.
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