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Greetings Film Fiends and welcome to John Doe's Film Blog. 30 years of dedicated celluloid obsession has meant that I have seen a few films. Drawing attention to some of the lesser discussed gems that I love. Cult classics, obscure curios and quality genre pictures. This blogs purpose is to translate some of my passion for these films and with luck, inspire you the reader to go check em out.

Bullitt (1968)

Bullitt: 2 Disc SE

DVD Cover
Director:Peter Yates
Writer:Alan Trustman
Starring:Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bissett, Robert Duvall
Picture: Widescreen-Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0

“Look you work your side of the street, and I’ll work mine.” Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen)

The 1967 Shelby GTO Mustang Fastback, the turtle-neck and the penetrating stare. Steve Mcqueen is the king of cool as Frank Bullitt, a San Francisco police Detective who side swipes the bureaucracy and red tape to get the job done.

Bullitt changed the way police stories were told, paving the way for Dirty Harry, Popeye Doyle (The French Connection) and Serpico. This is the original vigilante/anti hero cop procedural drama.

While under Frank’s charge, a Mafia Fink and two Police officers have there insides splattered all over a hotel room. Taking full responsibility, the cool one proceeds to rub, bump and crash his way through Politician Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn) and a host of duplicatus characters and memorable co stars.

Deliberately paced, with fly on the wall cinematography, the minimalist script, realistic dialogue and focused performances create a quality cop thriller. Composer Lalo Schiffrin’s crackling score is the icing on the cake.

Realism through attention to detail was Director Peter Yates and Producer/Star Steve McQueen’s paramount concern. Using real law enforcement personnel and medical staff as extras the film achieves a real sense of urgency and a documentary feel of authenticity.

John Doe says9/10)
From its bloody shotgun assassination beginning all the way to the nail biting airport finale (saluted in Michael Mann’s Heat.) I am always pulled into this ambiguous world that demands your undivided attention.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E himself Robert Vaughn is at his self serving, two faced best. A very young Robert Duvall turns up as a taxi driver and Jacqueline Bisset may not be a great thespian but she is very watchable.

The film really captures the routine of police work, long tedious hours of following bread crumbs. Stakeouts with no results and the abrupt, sudden excitement of a clue or confrontation

The DVD:
This deluxe 2 disc SE contains an informative commentary by Director Peter Yates (Krull, The Dresser, Mother Jugs and Speed). A well researched feature length doco on The Cooler King himself McQueen and a 5 minute featurette which includes practicing the stunts of the film on a racetrack. Not to be overlooked is an essential for wannabe filmmakers, that examines the art of Film editing.

So Feel the G’s and enjoy the undisputed champion of celluloid car chases and a plot so intricate
it warrants repeat viewings.

Do I even have to explain why this is one of the greatest moments in cinema history?
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5 Comments. [ Add A Comment ]
1. August 20th 2006 @ 22:24. Cibbuano Says:
You should have posted a picture of Jacqueline Bisset!

I've never seen this, but this is definitely my kind of film!
2. August 20th 2006 @ 23:31. JohnDoe Says:
Jacqueline Bisset in all her Beauty

There ya go Cibbuano,
A pic of Jacqueline in Bullitt to wet the appetite.
3. August 26th 2006 @ 02:54. Scarlett Says:
Great review - wasn't this voted one of the all-time best car movies, or the movie with the best car-chase scene?
4. August 26th 2006 @ 05:30. JohnDoe Says:
Hi Scarlett,

It has been voted in many polls as one of the best Cop films as well as the best car chase.

For fun, here are a 10 fantastic car chases that take place at actual speed and frighten you while they happen.

1. Claude Le Louche's Rendevous
2. John Frankenheimer Ronin and Grand Prix
3. Richard C Sarafian's Vanishing Point
4. William Friedkin's The French Connection and To Live & Die IN LA
5. Walter Hill's The Driver
6. John Hough's Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
7. Monte Hellman's Two Lane Black Top
8. H.B hallicki's Gone In 60 Seconds (Original)/Junkman
9. Eric Reid's The Hitcher
10. Peter Collinson's The Italian Job (original)

And a spare: Charles Bail's The GumBall Rally

No CG, no FX just ninja drivers proppelling there machines at obscene speed and giving us viewers heartstopping stunts that leave us awestruck.

5. August 5th 2009 @ 22:47. WhiskeyRiver Says:
Hi Joe,
I just love this video,and have it on my MySpace page,with three other videos.If you play them all together at the same time,turn off all the sound on the other vids but the car chase and listen to my profile song,(called"I just Wanna Be Your Steve McQueen")its a really fun ride!.I'm thinking of doing a review of Bullitt,..from a females point of view.If you get my meaning.Lol!

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