Steve McQueen revs up for one of cinema’s most famous car chases – a fast and furious pursuit through the streets and over the hills of San Francisco.
Still exhilarating nearly 50 years on, that sequence’s inspired combination of real locations and dynamic editing (it took three weeks to film) puts the audience right in the front seat alongside the star.
Giving a charismatic, hard-hitting performance, McQueen is the epitome of 1960s cool as cop Frank Bullitt, who investigates the murder of a Mob informer and finds top-level corruption. Jacqueline Bisset’s strikingly warm portrayal as his love interest turned her into an international sex symbol and Robert Vaughn sweats impressively as a sleazy politician.
The plot will keep you guessing right up to the end and this amazingly tense, well-staged cop action thriller is a much-loved classic.