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Movie Scene : Bullitt – Car Chase

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Frank’s sitting in his car.  He sees the Charger across the street.  He buckles up, starts the engine and pulls out.  The Charger with the two heavies pulls out and starts to follow Frank and his Mustang.  They cruise through the San Fran streets in the daytime playing a game of cat and mouse.  The guys in the Charger lose site of the Mustang.  They continue down a steep street trying to spot the car.  The driver looks in his rear view and sees the Mustang coming over the hill behind him.  The position is reversed with both parties knowing the game.  The driver of the Charger buckles his seat belt and he tramps on it!  The chase is on.  Big time!

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Probably the best car chase ever done in film.  Yates and his team absolutely take the viewer on a thrill ride.  CB can still feel his stomach up in his mouth watching this on the big screen.  The San Francisco streets, the camera work, the music, the sounds of the muscle cars, the stunt driving, the story all add up to a great piece of film.  No horse shit acting just two guys focused on the driving.   Peter Yates sets it all up.  The story is moving a long at a snails pace and then BAM! All hell breaks lose.  Great scene , great flick ( CB did one of his first takes on the whole film)

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16 comments on “Movie Scene : Bullitt – Car Chase

  1. hotfox63
    October 22, 2017

    Great movie! It is possibly McQueen’s best work, and also includes what has to be one of the top two movie car chases of all time.

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  2. greenpete58
    October 22, 2017

    I agree, it’s a great flick. The plot confused me a little, but big deal. McQueen is at his coolest, and the car chase scene set the standard. Great pick, CB.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 22, 2017

      At least the car chase wasn’t confusing. Yeah it’s a pay attention type flick. Maybe CB should have paid a little more attention at school instead of on movies and rock n roll (and a few other things). Great flick and on the re watch cycle.

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  3. christiansmusicmusings
    October 22, 2017

    Great choice! I don’t know much about movies, but this picture and this car chase are legendary. Also, if I would ever buy a historic Mustang, it would be that model – it’s just super cool.

    I seem to recall I previously read somewhere that McQueen did all stunts by himself, including the driving in this movie.

    The only other car chase I can remember that perhaps comes close to Bullit is from French Connection (the first movie) where Gene Hackman (one my favorite actors) is chasing in a car after a bad guy who is on a subway. It all happens in Chicago, which is just as perfect a scenery for that picture as San Francisco is for Bullit.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 23, 2017

      I think Steve did some of the driving but scared the shit out of everybody so the stunts guys did the harry stuff.

      The French Connection was another good car chase. Yeah and Hackman is one of my all time favorite actors also. He shows up on my takes a lot and will continue too. SF shows up in lots of good films. You know some pretty good films.

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  4. Jim S.
    October 23, 2017

    A great scene but maybe (if I recall correctly) a somewhat dated movie. Yeah, this and French Connection for car chases. ‘Connection’ for me has the edge as a movie. Can’t watch that one enough. As to Bullit, I know that McQueen and Robert Vaughn were good friends (since at least The Magnificent Seven) and used to go out and party hardy with the ladies if you know what I mean.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 23, 2017

      Both great chases. McQueen playing it cool and Hackmen flipping out. I like both flicks. “Dated”? It’s like listening to all that old music we like, Cream, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins … I think you get my drift. Good is good. I have another flick coming up from the same director. Filmed in Beantown.

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  5. 1537
    October 28, 2017

    Great choice. The original story was so different to the film too – took place in NY for a start.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 29, 2017

      Peter Yates is such a good director. His ‘Friends Of Eddie Coyle’ will be coming up for the CB treatment soon. I love that film. Still waiting for your film take like only you can spin.

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  6. dcw0731
    October 30, 2017

    It’s a shame that we don’t get to see true car chase scenes like this anymore. Now days it all about explosions and shit that in the real world just doesn’t happen. I taped this movie about a month ago just to watch this scene a few times more. Simply love it and being close to SF and doing lots of driving there I love pointing out the sites to myself as I’m watching it

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 30, 2017

      We are on the same page. It was the build and then away we go. No bullshit. Just as real as it gets. SF was the perfect place to shoot it.

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  7. crazydiscostu
    February 5, 2018

    Soundtracking for a car chase? Here’s my thoughts https://crazydiscostu.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/the-ultimate-car-chase-playlist/

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