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USA 1968
Directed by
Peter Yates
113 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

Bullitt

Deservedly recognized as classic of 1960s style Bullitt also provides us with one of Steve McQueen's iconic roles. Although it does not live up to its wonderful opening titles it is a solid if unsubtle police (sub-genre: protective custody) actioner. Today however it is best remembered for its 11 minute roller-coaster car chase up and down the streets of San Francisco (McQueen who did his own driving requested Yates who started out in life as a professional racing car driver, on the strength of the car chase in Yates's comparable 1967 crime movie Robbery). Frank Keller won an Oscar for editing, a role which is crucial to the pace and economy of the film.

Robert Duvall has a small role as a cabbie, Robert Vaughan plays an ambitious politician whilst a largely extraneous Jacqueline Bisset has nothing to do other than offer a decorative touch to proceedings.

English-born director Peter Yates had an eclectic career which stretched from the Cliff Richard vehicle Summer Holiday (1963) to the very American underwater adventure film The  Deep (1977) and on to the very English thespian drama The Dresser (1983). 

 

 

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