17 October 1968
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Use of gun
Despite the implications of his name, Bullitt doesn’t use his gun until the climax.
Own stunts by the main actor
Steve McQueen was very keen to do as many of his own stunts as possible. He had been hugely embarrassed to admit that it was not him performing the celebrated motorbike stunt in The Great Escape (1963).
Clothes worn by Steve McQueen
Several items of clothing worn by Steve McQueen received a boost in popularity thanks to the film: desert boots, a trench coat, a blue turtleneck sweater and, most famously, a brown tweed jacket with elbow patches.
In 2008 “Motor Trend” Magazine..
did an article promoting the 40th Anniversary Edition Bullitt Mustang. Because Dodge had also brought back the Charger, the article featured a promotional gimmick of photographing the 2008 Mustang and 2008 Charger simulating the famous chase scene with the writers breaking down the chase, moment by moment, to explain each car’s strengths and weaknesses.
John Woo’s favorite film as well as William Friedkin’s favorite film.
It influenced both of them to make movies like Hard Boiled (1992), The French Connection (1971), Jade (1995) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985).
Traditionally, car chases are..
filmed by second units but Peter Yates insisted on doing it himself. This was partly because he knew that Steve McQueen would be performing a lot of the stunts himself.
Selection of the Director
Director Peter Yates was personally selected for this movie by Steve McQueen because Yates had filmed a realistic car chase a year earlier through the streets of London in Robbery (1967).
Duration of the car chase scene
The famous car chase lasts 10 minutes and 53 seconds
Performance of Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn has repeatedly said that his performance in this film is his best and contains the work he is most proud of..
Two people credited with driving during the car chase sequence
Although Steve McQueen was credited with the driving during the chase sequence it was actually shared by McQueen and Bud Ekins, one of Hollywood’s best stunt drivers. From the interior shots looking forward inside the Mustang it’s easy to see which one is driving. When McQueen is driving the rear view mirror is down reflecting his face. When Ekins is driving it is up, so his face is hidden.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Good scripting and excellent direction by Peter Yates maintain deliberately low-key but mounting suspense.(Click here to see)