Guilty Pleasures Film Festival 2013

“Bullitt”

Lieutenant Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) chases bad guys in a 1968 Ford Mustang GT in "Bullitt" (Warner Bros., 1968)

Lieutenant Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) chases bad guys in a 1968 Ford Mustang GT in “Bullitt” (Warner Bros., 1968)

“Bullitt” (Warner Bros., 1968). A gritty police drama with one of the coolest car chase scenes ever put on film. San Francisco police lieutenant Frank Bullitt (played by Steve McQueen) is tasked with protecting a key witness in a mob trial. When their secret location is compromised and both the witness and a fellow officer are shot, Bullitt doggedly investigates the case. Steve McQueen along with director Peter Yates strove for realism in this adaptation of Robert L. Fish’s novel Mute Witness. The 11-minute muscle car chase through the streets of San Francisco ever amazes and thrills both aurally and visually (the film won a much deserved Academy Award® for Best Film Editing in 1968). Watch it just for the car chase. Also stars Robert Vaughn as politician Walter Chalmers and Jaqueline Bisset as Bullitt’s girlfriend Cathy. Written by Alan R. Trustman and Harry Kleiner. Directed by Peter Yates. “Time starts now.”

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