film reviews, trailers and awards coverage. all film, all the time.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Classic Trailers: BULLITT
Wednesday's Classic Film Trailers presents another Steve McQueen film, yes, I am on a bit of McQueen run right now, Bullitt. The film, directed by Peter Yates and released in 1968, is about a San Francisco cop, Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen), who is requested to protect a key witness in a senatorial case against the criminal underworld in the USA, mainly out of Chicago. Wealthy politician, Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn), who selected Bullitt to protect his witness, becomes unsure once of his worth once the witness goes missing after being fatally shot under his protection. Bullitt does not care about the politics behind this witness. He just wants to find the man that shot the witness and also shot one of his partners that was on duty. The real fun, and most legendary scene in the film, is the classic car chase scene on the hilly, San Francisco streets. Bullitt, in his Ford Mustang GT, against the underworld hitmen's Dodge Charger. Classic, classic, classic. The angles, loud engine sounds, screeching tires, straight-forward editing (no slow motion shots) and the camera views, especially when it is from inside the car going down the hills, is some of the most intense car chase visuals I have ever seen and easily one of, if not the best car chase scene in a movie of all-time. Bullitt is good, especially if you love those films of the late 60s and early 70s like I do. The cast is rounded out by Jacqueline Bisset, Simon Oakland, Norman Fell, Don Gordon and a small, supporting performance from Robert Duvall. Here is the trailer. Enjoy.