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1,575 Ratings


Directed by Peter Yates
United States, 1968


Steve McQueen stars as a tough San Francisco detective assigned to protect a witness against the Mafia.

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Bullitt Directed by Peter Yates

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1969 | Winner: Best Film Editing

1969 | Nominee: Best Sound

BAFTA Awards

1970 | 5 nominations including: Best Cinematography

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1969 | Winner: Best Cinematography

National Film Preservation Board

2007 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

The film is patient, meticulous and meandering, so it is not impossible to follow what is happening, but in order to grasp the significance of what is happening and where the police investigation of that first murder takes us, you need to pay attention. The film is not giving anything away for free and does not provide summaries or explanations.
December 14, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Bullitt

    In line with the taciturn heroes like Gary COOPER - and before Clint EASTWOOD & later Ryan GOSLING - Steve Mc QUEEN was the most emblematic. In BULLITT, that he produced, he managed also the driving. === Dans la lignée des héros taciturnes style Gary COOPER, et avant Clint EASTWOOD & plus tard Ryan GOSLING, c'est Steve Mc QUEEN qui fut le plus emblématique, dans BULLITT, qu'il produisit et où il assura les cascades.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Bullitt

    An action film from a time period when audiences actually had attention spans as this slow burn film would never fly in the megaplexes of today. The film's legendary car chase aside this is much more police procedure than crowd pleasing action romp though it was a substantial hit with audiences on release. McQueen is too cool for school here well supported by the other players. Bisset deserved a better written role.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Bullitt

    The jazz score is as slick as the king-of-cool himself, Steve McQueen, moodily setting the opening credits, and later preambling the lone sound of accelerating/decelerating engines during the granddaddy of all car chases, for a masculine strut. The police procedural element may have its down times when it isn't in action/suspense mode, and films like The French Connection certainly improved on that a few years later.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Bullitt

    re-rating, A filming machine that works from the beginning, which combines the functionality of classic cinema with the philosophy of the decade in which it was made: being is to fail. McQueen is a great heir of some actors "mieux de nature" (like Cooper or Mitchum) and Yates is a filmmaker who knew how to inhabit a city, San Francisco, with an incisive defined camera. The final chase at the airport is anthological.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Bullitt

    It has some pretty amazing chase sequences. Lots of great foreground/background scenes. Overall, it's much more restrained than 'The French Connection' which came out 3 years later. Steve McQueen does so much with his eyes.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Bullitt

    Une excellente interprétation de Steve Mac Queen dans un rôle d'inspecteur de police tenace qui désire mener à bout son enquête quoiqu'il en coûte. Le film est célèbre pour une étonnante poursuite de voitures dans certaines avenues typiques de San Francisco, véritables toboggans. Seul souvenir marquant...

  • Francisco R.'s rating of the film Bullitt

    Yates' directing style holds a lot of similarities to the way Kurosawa used to work, from the clever use of locations, the long distance pans during the car sequences to the framing in the more crowded scenes, although the disctintion between the two is visible enough in an overall sense. This is a wonderful action film, everything from the script to the performances (especially McQueen & Vaughn) work perfectly here.

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Bullitt

    A prime example of slick 60s cool, but is also incredibly uneven. Of course, there's that legendary car chase scenes, as well as several other finely-crafted action and suspense scenes. But the pacing is surprisingly slow, the plot murky, and the characters cold and stiff - which makes the story never as consistently compelling as it should be.

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