Bullitt (1968)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 17, 1968
DVD Release Date: November 18, 1997
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Steve McQueen is cool as ice in this thrilling police procedural that also happens to contain the arguably greatest car chase ever.


Good scripting and excellent direction by Peter Yates maintain deliberately low-key but mounting suspense.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

There isn't much here, and what there is is awfully easy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Time Out

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.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

A terrific movie, just right for Steve McQueen -- fast, well acted, written the way people talk.

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Surprisingly austere and very much of its time, Bullitt is a lot less fun and a lot more impressive than you might expect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
The word "classic" is thrown around a lot and many people use it as a term that just means "something old." To me, classic means something… More
Jonathan Hutchings
The car chase is as great as advertised (an absolutely stunning achievement), but that's really about it. Contrary to what I've read, the plot is… More
Devon Bott
If you were a kid in the 80s, you can rest assured your dad or grandad was parked in front of the tv on a sunday afternoon. Because if it wasn't football… More
Kristijonas Fussman
Although the plot doesn't necessarily reinvent the genre, the pacing and acting is fluid and involving enough to perfectly compliment the absolutely… More
Sam Barnett
Steve McQueen is as attention-demanding and sauve as any James Bond, and Bullitt is a perfect showcase for the actor. With the famous car chase thats shows off… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Everyone remembers the car chase because that's the only memorable thing from this movie. Average almost made-for-tv stuff.

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