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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve McQueen as "Bullitt" -- 'nough said
It's not all about the most famous car chase scene in cinematic history, but that one extended scene does make Bullitt one of those rites of passage every serious movie fan must experience at some point in his/her life. This really is an unusual film in many ways; as much as it influenced scores of future films in the tough, gritty cop genre, it's still unique. More...
Published on July 3 2006 by Daniel Jolley

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1.0 out of 5 stars A great movie, but this is a hacked version
If you're expecting the original flick, this is not it. At the end of the "Chase Scene", the Charger is seen launched into the air and into the gas station. In the original movie, they messed up and the station was blown up a fraction of a second before the car hit it. In this version, they have altered the scene and you never see it. My only question, WHY?!
Published on Feb. 1 2002 by Amazon Customer


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve McQueen as "Bullitt" -- 'nough said, July 3 2006
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bullitt (DVD)
It's not all about the most famous car chase scene in cinematic history, but that one extended scene does make Bullitt one of those rites of passage every serious movie fan must experience at some point in his/her life. This really is an unusual film in many ways; as much as it influenced scores of future films in the tough, gritty cop genre, it's still unique. More modern-day maverick cops spend half their time playing the fool, destroying half their cities, throwing random hissy fits, and posturing a lot. Steve McQueen didn't have to posture because he was the real deal. He could have gone through this entire movie without uttering a single word and still been hailed by fans and critics alike.

Bullitt sports an amazing cast: alongside Steve McQueen you have the lovely Jacqueline Bissett, Robert Vaughn, Robert Duvall, Norman "Mr. Roper" Fell, Victor "Mel" Tayback, and plenty of other actors I'm not familiar with serving up sustained dramatic brilliance. Let's hope they never try to remake this classic, especially since this movie's style would never pass muster at any Hollywood studio of the 21st century. Bullitt doesn't come right out and explain everything to you at the beginning, nor does it take the time to explicitly identify important clues as the investigation progresses. You can go several minutes at a time without hearing a word of dialogue. It's not a difficult movie to follow, but you do need to pay attention as a viewer. A few scenes seem superfluous, but I think that sort of adds even more to the Bullitt mystique. The final scene, for example, is quite subdued and unlike anything you'll find preceding any closing credits today.

As far as the story goes, Lieutenant Bullitt (McQueen) is assigned to guard a Mob witness set to testify against his old buddies. Walter Chalmers, a local prosecutor with political ambitions (Robert Vaughn, who's a natural at portraying sleazy politicos) is frothing at the mouth at the thought of all the publicity he'll get when his witness blows the lid on some major league players in organized crime. It turns out that the secret hiding place isn't a secret after all, and everything pretty much goes to heck, leaving the star witness fighting for his life while Bullitt finds himself in the crosshairs of an unhappy Chalmers. Already detecting the faint but undeniable odor of a rat, Bullitt truly takes charge of the whole investigation, even as Chalmers pressures the higher-ups in the police department to give Bullitt's lease several long, hard yanks. Now, as the action begins to ratchet up minute by minute, the plot gets curiouser and curiouser - and Bullitt's job more dangerous. The famous car chase up and down the streets of San Francisco is the highlight of the movie, but there's plenty of action all the way to the end.

The secret of the car chase's success is realism: no music, just tires squalling and engines revving (even if they're not always in perfect synch), with a great mix of external shots and point-of-view shots from inside Bullitt's Mustang, putting you right there zooming up and down the steep hills of San Francisco. The editing of this scene brought home an Oscar, and it's as thrilling today as it was in 1968 - despite the fact that several continuity errors are easily detected in the editing (that little green Doodlebug just keeps popping up, doesn't it?).

It's hard to really describe this film for others, although I can point out that, in terms of the action, it rejects melodrama in favor of authenticity. On the face of things, it sounds like a movie that shouldn't be all that special - but it is (at least for men; I'm not sure the movie will appeal to a lot of female viewers). The best way I can explain why this is so is to say this: Steve McQueen is the man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ... Hits a bullseye!, Oct. 4 2007
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Joseph Kayne (Victoria, B.C. Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bullitt [HD DVD] (HD DVD)
An absolute classic that is worth the watch. The HD transfer is top quality. You feel like you are watching a film from just last year, not 1968. The special features are little light on this movie. The HD DVD version does include two very long documentaries, one of the career or Steve McQueen and a must see HNK production about film editing that shows clips from almost every Oscar winning movie (for editing) from the early 40's to present. The clips presented in beautiful 1080p, and the included interviews with legendary Directors makes it a standout.

If you own a HD-DVD player, don't skip this title just because it's an old movie. Bullitt is a must watch, edge of your seat action movie, that stands the test of time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved it, April 7 2013
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I've always loved this movie and it was great to see it remastered for BD. They really cleaned it up.
I have the VHS, DVD and now BD if this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Cool, Dec 21 2008
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Neil Olsen (Toronto, Ontario) - See all my reviews
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Steve McQueen being just too cool for words, but actually putting in a totally convincing performance. Despite one of the most adrenaline fuelled car chases in cinema history, there is some great acting in this film. If you love classic 60s cinema then this is a must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic car!, Oct. 26 2013
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another great car movie with the best car chase scene ever! steve mcqueen does it again! a great addition to our car movies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bullitt, Nov. 20 2012
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Greatest car chase scene...ever, involving two vintage American muscle cars. A great story line, lots of action, and of course Steve McQueen at his coolest. They don't make movies this good anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of authenticity, Sept. 13 2002
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joey (savannah, ga usa) - See all my reviews
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this movie is great because of the realism applied to
police, hospital, and morgue procedures, not theatrical thats
what makes it good, not to mention the awesome chase scene one of the first of its of kind, and one that all scenes are measured against, not a whole lot of action,not much violence,
nudity, or profanity makes this a great movie for younger audiences, the plot is great, and mcqueen is awesome. this is a
must for any steve mcqueen fan or anyone that appreciates a realistic approach to movie making and anyone who can appreciate a awesome chase scene with two of the best muscle cars around
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4.0 out of 5 stars TRUE MOVIE BUFFS WILL HAVE THIS IN THEIR COLLECTION, July 23 2002
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Sunnyvale Dad (Sunnyvale, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This is a classic movie with Steve McQueen which many people will find boring, but if you're a fan of any Clint Eastwood style film you'll enjoy this. It's kind of a slow pace, but the film is highly detailed to represent things as they are in the real world. It also features one of the greatest, and probably the first great car chase scenes in movie history through the streets and hills of San Francisco. Steve McQueen actually does a lot of his own stunt driving in the movie. Excellent mastered picture quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie and extras on the blue ray, July 6 2014
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Ross Gaskin (Canada) - See all my reviews
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Classic car chase. Love the movie and extras on the blue ray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great action flick including a long car chase in the ..., July 6 2014
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Great action flick including a long car chase in the streets of San Francisco. Steve Mc Queen delivers a solid performance as the main man. I would recommend it for those who like police flicks with a great deal of action.
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