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Robert L. Pike's crime novel Mute Witness makes the transition to the big screen in this film from director Peter Yates. In one of his most famous roles, Steve McQueen stars as tough-guy police detective Frank Bullitt. The story begins with Bullitt assigned to a seemingly routine detail, protecting mafia informant Johnny Ross (Pat Renella), who is scheduled to testify against his Mob cronies before a Senate subcommittee in San Francisco. But when a pair of hitmen ambush their secret location, fatally wounding Ross, things don't add up for Bullitt, so he decides to investigate the case… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Good scripting and excellent direction by Peter Yates maintain deliberately low-key but mounting suspense."
‑ , Variety
"Even though the story almost makes no sense and the Oscar-winning editing has several illogical cuts, Bullitt is an exquisitely satisfying motion picture, particularly if there is still an adolescent boy lodged somewhere in your psyche."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"A low key, tough guy cop thriller, Bullitt does not go over the top with its action sequences and stays away from the usual cop movie clichés, lifting the bar in regards to how cop movies should be made."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Expert chase film, breathless and modern, that sent McQueen to the top of the box office heap."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A not-very-good movie redeemed by a car chase for the ages."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"There isn't much here, and what there is is awfully easy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"McQueen is great in Bullitt, and the movie is great, because director Peter Yates understands the McQueen image and works within it. He winds up with about the best action movie of recent years."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Bullitt takes a rather simple nugget of a story and turns it into a crime classic through the expert use of location footage, editing, music, mood and timing, not to mention the laconic, stoic performance of ultra-cool star Steve McQueen."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Apart from the classic chase scene, there many other pleasures to be had in this stylish policier, one that changed considerably the entire vocabulary of Hollywood's action-thrillers."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Stlick, stylish and ineffably cool, this was perhaps McQueen's defining role. Also mention goes to the uncreditied star of the film; San Francisco."
‑ Clark Collis, Empire Magazine
"The action sequences are brilliant, done without trickery in real locations (including a great car chase which spawned a thousand imitations) to lend an extraordinary sense of immediacy to the shenanigans and gunfights."
‑ , Time Out
"A terrific movie, just right for Steve McQueen -- fast, well acted, written the way people talk."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Surprisingly austere and very much of its time, Bullitt is a lot less fun and a lot more impressive than you might expect."
‑ , Film4
"Menos focado na trama e mais nos procedimentos de seu protagonista, Bullitt busca o realismo constantemente, criando um personagem não apenas crível, mas complexo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"If there is any one of his many movie roles that best exemplifies the McQueen persona, it would have to be this one."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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