Far be it for me to say, that not all movies have residual value.
The studio exec's had a seven picture deal with McQueen's Seven Arts company, and did not like that Steve stood up for his project and would not lay down. He did not want to 'fake' the city back ground on studio 'back lots' he wanted to stay true to the art, not the convenience and artificiality of typical studio movie-faking techniques. The formed 'formula', that the Indies have been rebelling against for years. McQueen was a true rebel and with a method to his madness, indeed.
The studios executives became so 'Upset' at his 'stance' that they came back to him and cut the contract with him, eliminating the remaining six unmade films. What a joke. That fact was the 'joke' was on them, in fairness the movie even after decades is still one of the strongest of action movies with a storyline to follow.
No 'B-S' special effects. What you see took real-time work to make it happened. One of the fastest chase scenes ever filmed in a car after using the backdrop of 'Mansell' road in the San Fran area. The reason why the movie feels so good is due to being as close to real as possible.
I hate, as I'm sure many discriminating movie lovers do, the executive presto-change-o in the movie script or budget, that is usually done at the last minute of production time, like what was done to Director: Sidney J Furie on "SUPERMAN IV" The Quest for Peace (1987) where they slashed his budget to about half of the original arrangement, and then said basically 'Well, what are you looking at? Get going! Bring us back a block-buster.' It's never been truer,what they say, choose your 'battles' wisely. This is how it looks when you have grit and stick to your business with strength, you either get killed, or you become immovable. The studio execs are not gods, of the entertainment world. Although they would like to think they are just that.
But indeed, Steve took his 'licks' from the principals of the school of movie-hard-knocks and then got up again and said, I'll still do it in my style. -From what I read and heard about him. This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Thank you Mr. McQueen & Mr. Yates for making it Epic. There should be in the modern directorial training classes a of the way this was scripted, set up, lit and shot. Even after 30years plus, this still rocks even new productions and will live on further than many recent and newer films. The real interesting thing for me is that just as this is one of my all time favorite's, this was on the top four all-time favorites for "Elvis Presley".
Recommended for lovers of awesome action and good stories. This is a winner all the way.(*****)
Bullitt (1968) 1080p YIFY Movie
Bullitt (1968) 1080p
Bullitt is a movie starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, and Robert Vaughn. An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.
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High profile San Francisco Police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt is asked personally by ambitious Walter Chalmers, who is in town to hold a US Senate subcommittee hearing on organized crime, to guard Johnny Ross, a Chicago based mobster who is about to turn evidence against the organization at the hearing. Chalmers wants Ross' safety at all cost, or else Bullitt will pay the consequences. Bullitt and his team of Sergeant Delgetti and Detective Carl Stanton have Ross in protective custody for 48 hours over the weekend until Ross provides his testimony that upcoming Monday. Bullitt's immediate superior, Captain Samuel Bennet, gives Bullitt full authority to lead the case, no questions asked for any move Bullitt makes. When an incident occurs early during their watch, Bullitt is certain that Ross and/or Chalmers are not telling them the full story to protect Ross properly. Without telling Bennet or an incensed Chalmers, Bullitt clandestinely moves Ross while he tries to find out who is after ...
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Before cell phones, i-pods and mostly plastic over-priced cars and special effects... there was "BULLITT"Reviewed byBenjamin WolfeVote: 10/10
Far be it for me to say, that not all movies have residual value.
I don't know how this film can be criticized as "dated," except in the most superficial sense of the word. It stands by itself. There hasn't been another movie quite like it, before or since. Essentially a straightforward tale of a policeman unraveling a gangster plot, it alternates between trouvée scenes that look and sound as unrehearsed as real life, and spectacular moments involving chases and shootings.
It's still a highly stylized film of course. Every shot change but one is a cut, not a fade or dissolve. Most people speak more lines when found in Steve McQueen's circumstances, or so I would think. Most men don't come home to find Jackie Bissett asleep in their beds, a pity.
There has probably never been a pursuit like that filmed in the hills of Colma, which is known locally as "the city that waits for the city that waits to die, to die." I once saw a high-speed pursuit in the streets of Philadelphia and was amazed at how slowly and carefully both the police and their quarry were driving -- slowing down for stop signs and all that.
When the broth is reduced, the plot isn't unlike many John Wayne movies. He's a loner, dedicated to his job, living an otherwise uneventful life in a modest apartment, except for one thing, Jacqueline Bissett. His other contacts are distant or perfunctory. His relationship with partner Don Gordon is defined in the first few minutes as strictly professional, nothing more. He's respected but not loved until Bissett appears in his life. How did he get that way? Who knows? Who CARES, really? A person's development can't be explained in a few minutes of screen time, even if we knew what caused it, without recourse to revelations that have always been clichés -- he had zits during adolescence, or they took away his sled when he was just a kid. Not even cheap shots at sympathy mongering -- he lost his wife recently -- are brought in. Bissett is important to the plot because she represents the possibility of his returning to the human race as a person capable of warm and deeply emotional relationships, however clumsy his expressions of warmth may still be.
The conflict between McQueen and Bissett involves her inability to accept the gruesome aspects of the life he leads, a common device. (See John Wayne and Patricia Neal in "Operation Pacific," or Al Pacino and Diane Venora in "Heat".) Bissett finally yields and accepts the conditions. Any other ending would have been pretty bleak (she leaves him and he becomes even more bitter and lonely as he ages) or unbelievable (he resigns from the SFPD and becomes a Zen Buddhist monk). Superficially it seems that McQueen has "won" the contest, but actually it is Bissett who comes out as the more admirable, flexible, capable of changing and adapting, open to further development in her interests.
And as far as that goes, the movie ends ambiguously. Bissett has come back to him, but as McQueen puts his gun aside and washes his face in the bathroom he looks up and stares in the mirror, expressionless. If he doesn't change, the relationship with Bissett is in jeopardy. She will continue to embrace life (I'm glad I don't have to try defining a term like that) while leaving him behind.
The movie was released in 1968, probably shot in 1967, the height of Haight-Ashbury and the flower power movement. If this movie were as dated as some people think, the writers and Yates would have worked in a bunch of timely but far from timeless hippies and their lore. The temptation must have been there but was successfully resisted. The city is used iconically and without touristy shots. Nothing has dated, except that Enrico's is now closed. McQueen unholsters his pistol only once, and fires only two shots. If it were done today, can you imagine the final shootout without the hero and villain using two Uzis each and puncturing every wall, shattering every mirror, and exploding every squib in sight?
The car chase now looks familiar, of course, because it has been imitated a hundred times since "Bullitt" appeared. Around the time of "The Seven Ups," they got tired of just using cars and worked in elevated subway trains, garbage trucks, buses, motorcycles, and so on. The imitations now seem dated in a way this movie simply does not. Whatever happened to our sense of historical depth? This was a breakthrough film and it remains one.
Final note: Watch the crane shot near the end as the 707 is recalled to its perch at the terminal. The camera glides down and allows the nose of the airplane to fill the screen, jigging slowly on its springs, its windshields like eyes, its bulbous black radar dome like the nose on the face of a clown, a hideous and frightening clown. It's a magnificent shot.
*****SPOILERS****** Even though the movie "Bullitt" is known for it's legendary car chase scene, this in 1968 when everything was done for real not in a studio with computer enhanced imagery, the movie is also a very fine crime/drama straight out of todays headlines and has a very good and brainy plot too.
Senator Walter Chalmers is holding a special Senate Commission on Organized Crime in America in San Francisco and has a very important witness Johnny Ross, Pat Renella, coming from Chicago to testify. Chalmers Wants to make sure that Ross is protected from the mob who beside testifying against it has also stolen $2,000,000.00 dollars from them and they want him dead and will go to any lengths to get him.
Ross is assigned a unit from the SFPD headed by Let. Frank Bullitt, Steve McQueen, for around the clock protection at an undisclosed hotel. Just before Ross entered the hotel he made a number of Phone calls one was to a hotel in San Mateo Calif. Later back in his hotel room with Sgt. Stanton, Carl Reindel guarding him Ross slides open the lock on the door and just then two men enter the hotel room and blast both Ross and Sgt. Stanton away; at the hospital Sgt. Stanton survives but Ross dies on the operating table.
Let. Bullitt wisely decides to keep Ross' death secret from Senator Chalmers as well as the media by having Ross' body put on ice in the hospital morgue, unidentified, under a John Doe. With Ross' death kept under cover Let. Bullitt checks out Ross' phone calls, before he entered the hotel room, and finds that the call to the San Mateo hotel was to a woman who registered under the named of Dorothy Simmons. With the Senate Commission hearing the next day Bullitt begins to realize that this dead hood Johnny Ross may not the person that he seems to be.
As Let. Bullitt gets closer to the truth about the whole Ross business his life becomes endangered by the two killers, Paul Genge and Bill Hickman, who killed Johnny Ross in his hotel room. This sets the scene for the thrilling and exciting car chase that the movie is noted for. Setting him up for an ambush on a deserted San Francisco street Bullitt turns the tables on the killers by backtracking and then surprises and chases them into a hot corner. We have the two killers and Let. Bullitt flooring the gas peddle and tearing up the roads and highway in and around San Francisco and the Bay Area. The exciting car chase comes to an end when, after trying to shoot at Bullitt's car with a shotgun, the killers auto loses control and smashes into a gas station with both of the killers ending dead and burned to a crisp .
Back at the police station Bullitt starts to check out the mysterious Mrs. Simmons, the woman who Ross called before he was killed, at her hotel room in San Mateo and finds her murdered. Looking at Mrs. Simmons' luggage Let. Bullitt and the police find out that she was really a Mrs. Renick and was scheduled to leave San Francisco ,with her husband Edward, on a plane trip to Italy? whats going on here?
Checking Mrs.Renick aka Simmons husbands passport photo Bullitt realizes that Johnny Ross who was killed at the hotel room was really her husband Edward Renick a car dealer from Chicago with no mob connections. Renick must have been paid off by the real Johnny Ross, Felice Orlandi, to impersonate him with Ross taking Renick's passport and identity and checking out of the country and away from the law and the mob who were both looking for him! Ross must have also double-crossed both Renick and his wife by having them murdered.
With the real Johnny Ross now heading for the San Francisco International Airport to make his getaway Let. Frank Bullitt is the only one who has a chance to stop him and as it gets closer for Ross' flight to take off for Italy the chances of him getting caught are getting slimmer by the minute.
Terrific police/action/drama with an ending at the airport, thats as good as the great car chase seen earlier in the film, that left everyone gasping. Also good in the film is Jackie Bisset as Let. Frank Bullitt's girlfriend Cathy who had trouble accepting Frank's job as a policeman especially by seeing up front and personal, the murdered Mrs. Simmons/Renick, what that job did to him as well as what it was doing to her her by living with him.