Post by Kenny Dalglish 1979 on Mar 30, 2018 20:56:30 GMT
Cutting edge (for its time) cop thriller still to this day best known for its classic car chase across the hilly streets of San Francisco and featuring the legendary Steve McQueen at his peak as a Hollywood star as Lt. Frank Bullitt, the first of the truly maverick movie detectives who goes after the killers of a key Mafia witness only to discover he's been doublecrossed. Robert Vaughn adds suitably sinister support as the political figure who hounds Bullitt and there are quite a few other suspenseful set-pieces such as a hospital foot chase and one on the airport runways which ends violently. Jacqueline Bisset provides the requisite eye candy as Frank's girlfriend and everything about this movie feels real.
A great classic film, I have not not seen it for a few years - although I recorded it a few months back so will give it a watch soon
An interesting fact is that the director of Bullitt, Peter Yates, also directed the British film Robbery the year before and the inspiration for the famous Bullitt car chase came from the one he directed for Robbery.
Post by Kenny Dalglish 1979 on Apr 28, 2018 19:55:16 GMT
If you think about it, as well as the '70s car chase craze, it kickstarted the maverick cop genre of that decade too which saw films hit the big screen like The French Connection, Dirty Harry, Badge 373, The Seven-Ups, The Laughing Policeman and Magnum Force which is probably the most popular Dirty Harry sequel of them all (almost every 2 or 3 years, ITV used to show it).
Post by Charles Bronson on Apr 12, 2019 22:03:02 GMT
I watched Bullitt for the first time last weekend. I thought it was an unusual film the lack of dialogue was surprising Steve McQueen said a lot less than Clint Eastwood does in his films.
The car chase scene was brilliant. I liked the way the villains kept very cool during the chase. The airport scene was also very good too. Steve McQueen was a really good film actor and it's a shame he died fairly young.
I have to say though I didn't enjoy the film in its entirety as much as I'd hoped Would. I intend to try and watch more of Steve's films though, for example 'The Cincinatti Kid" in which Steve plays an up and coming poker player is one I've never seen yet.