Thursday, October 4, 2007
It Could Be The Greatest Car Chase Ever
"There are bad cops and there are good cops - and then there's Bullitt."
What came first, the rogue cop genre or Bullitt?
This movie was the embryo of a whole genre of film. Shouldn't that be enough reason to see it?
Movies like Dirty Harry, Beverly Hills Cop and any other gritty cop film with a rogue agent roaming around seeking satisfaction came from Bullitt.
However, a lot of people have heard of this movie for one reason; the car chase. This chase scene is so good, it can still go toe-to-toe with today's best, and unlike car chases of today, excluding the one in the opening scene of The Transporter, the chase in Bullitt involves realistic competitive driving. Nothing gets utterly destroyed, the bad guys car's don't mysteriously implode for no apparent reason, and their driving real honest-to-goodness cars. There's no NOS, no supercharged engines worth more than my apartment. There Mustangs, pure and simple, and that's what makes them so great.
Steve McQueen plaPublish Postys Sgt. Frank Bullitt, in pursuit of the drug kingpin who murdered a witness in protective custody. That's it, no long spoiler.
Suffice it to say that it's a classic, and the writing, directing and acting are top notch.
Co-Starring Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset, Don Gordon and Robert Duvall. Directed by Peter Yates.
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