Bullitt (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Peter Yates Starring: Steve McQueen

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by Patrick on 4/4/2013

Although "Bullitt"'s star witness, cop-vs.-politician plot is difficult to follow, the high-speed car chase and the San Francisco locations keep bringing me back. Not to mention, Steve McQueen's cool demeanor and Robert Vaughn's sliminess are worth the price of admission all by themselves. Watch it with the subtitles on and do your best to keep up with -- or make sense of -- the plot. Read More

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Before the night is out, the star witness for an important trial lies dying and Detective Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) won't rest until the shooters - and the kingpin behind them - are nailed. From opening shot to closing shootout, Bullitt crackles with authenticity: San Francisco locations, crisp dialogue and to-the-letter police, hospital and morgue procedures. An Oscar winner for Best Film Editing (1968), this edgy thriller features one of cinema history's most memorable car chases. Buckle up...and brace for unbeatable action!


Studio Warner
SKU 204055638
UPC 085391136842
UPC 14 00085391136842
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/26/2010
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In one of his most memorable roles, Steve McQueen stars as Detective Frank Bullitt, a hard-driving, tough-as-nails San Francisco cop. Bullitt has just received what sounds like a routine assignment: keep a star witness out of sight and out of danger for 48 hours, then deliver him to the courtroom on Monday morning. But before the night is out, the witness will lie dying of shotgun wounds, and Bullitt, a no-glitter, all-guts cop, won't rest until he nabs the gunmen and the elusive underworld kingpin who hired them.^From opening shot to closing shootout, Peter Yates's edge-of-the seat thriller is packed with authentic touches, from on-location San Francisco filming and believably crisp dialogue to uncompromisingly detailed police, hospital, and morgue procedures. The most memorable scene is BULLITT's celebrated car chase. McQueen, an expert automobile and motorcycle racer, does his own stunt driving as he propels his high-performance Mustang GT around and over San Francisco's fabled hills at speeds up to 115 miles an hour. The film is based on Robert L. Pike's book, MUTE WITNESS.
Plot Summary
Summary Bullitt is a detective who senses that something is wrong behind his assignment to guard a criminal witness. This nonstop thriller features one of the great car chases in cinematic history, along with a great hard-boiled performance by Steve McQueen.
USA Today "Steve McQueen was cool, tight-lipped and could maneuver his wheels in a hilly car chase..." 12/05/1997 p.4D
Uncut "A landmark crime caper." 08/01/2005 p.136
Sight and Sound "Yates' sleek cop thriller stands up well....The film makes excellent use of its location settings." 09/01/2005 p.86
Peter Yates
Steve McQueen
Cast & Crew
Alan Trustman - Screenplay
Albert Brenner - Art Director
Don Gordon - Actor
Frank P. Keller - Editor
Harry Kleiner - Screenplay
Jacqueline Bisset - Actor
Lalo Schifrin - Original Music By
Norman Fell - Actor
Peter Yates - Director
Philip D'Antoni - Producer
Robert Duvall - Actor
Robert E. Relyea - Executive Producer
Robert L. Fish - Based On Novel By
Robert Vaughn - Actor
Steve McQueen - Actor
Suzanne Somers - Actor
Vic Tayback - Actor
William A. Fraker - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1968
Catalog ID 113684
UPC 00085391136842
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 134 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Nominee (1970) British Academy Awards, William A. Fraker, Best Cinematography,British Academy Awards, Peter Yates, Best Direction,British Academy Awards, Frank P. Keller, Best Film Editing,British Academy Awards, Robert Vaughn, Best Supporting Actor,British Academy Awards, Ed Scheid, Best Sound Track
Winner (1969) Oscar, Frank P. Keller, Best Film Editing
Nominee (1969) Oscar, Bullitt, Best Sound
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review Bullitt is like few other films of its era: it's a film that humanizes the police in a time when they were viewed as corrupt "pigs," or, by some, as thuggish enemies of freedom; it's a drama with less dialogue than the typical French art film; and it's a motion picture that looks and feels more like a very, very well-made television show than cinema...Oh yes--there's that little car chase, too. Those who actually remember Bullitt today usually don't remember it for McQueen's brilliant acting, or for the great pairing of McQueen and Vaughn, or even for Jackie Bisset--the Liz Hurley of her era--and her unfathomable hotness. No, they remember it because two classic muscle cars spend 15 minutes tearing through San Francisco at ludicrous speeds about 65 minutes into the film. There are car chases, and then there are The Car Chases. There are only two of The Car Chases, and this is one of them.
Reviewer David Ryan
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Steve McQueen is sometimes criticized for only playing "himself" in the movies. This misses the boat, I think. Stars like McQueen, Bogart, Wayne or Newman aren't primarily actors, but presences. They have a myth, a personal legend they've built up in our minds during many movies, and when they try to play against that image it usually looks phony..."Bullitt," as everybody has heard by now, also includes a brilliant chase scene. McQueen (doing his own driving) is chased by, and chases, a couple of gangsters up and down San Francisco's hills. They slam into intersections, bounce halfway down the next hill, scrape by half a dozen near-misses, sideswipe each other, and leave your stomach somewhere in the basement for about 11 minutes.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews ...the forerunner of the modern cop thriller.
Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald ...the gritty, realistic take on police work makes this thriller classic.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...now-classic car chase, one of the screen's all-time best...

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