Classic Movie Review - Bullitt

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I have a bit of an obsession with Steve McQueen. As far as style icons go, I don’t think there are many men that can measure up to how effortlessly cool he was. So with that said, it’s surprising I haven’t seen more stuff with him in. As far as I can remember, the only movie so far is Le Mans, which is pretty epic, and definitely one to watch.

’ve known about Bullitt for years, ever since Ford made an advert for the Puma using not only the music, but footage of McQueen driving to advertise their new sports car. Now the Puma was a great car, but let’s be real, it’s no Mustang, like the one seen in Bullitt!

The movie opens to the Bullitt theme music, which is laid back cool jazz, combined with some of the coolest opening credits ever of you like retro typography. It all just screams of an era.

Throughout the film, McQueen is just pure cool. Frank Bullitt is a detective that gets the job done, even if it means breaking a few rules or pissing a few people off.

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Set in San Francisco, somewhere I’ve been a couple of times and loved, this is a fairly straight forward murder mystery movie. Kind of like Quincy or Columbo, but with the coolness factor turned up to 11.

McQueen for the most part wears roll necks and trenchcoats, and combined with his Ford Mustang, is basically the epitome of style.

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As the movie progresses, and the plot thickens, we end up at the sequence the film is famous for... the car chase. Lasting for over 10 minutes, there was no music, relying on the sound of the cars to build excitement and tension.

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After the surprising plot twist, we end up with the only thing I took issue with in this entire movie... As Bullitt gets onto the plane to find the real Johnny Ross, he walks down the aisle against the flow of passengers. Like seriously? Since when is there enough room to casually walk down a plane aisle when people are going the other way???

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Bullitt ends ambiguously, with Frank coming home and placing his gun on the side after leaving his girlfriend to sleep, before going into the bathroom. I guess we are to see that he’s constantly struggling to maintain balance between the two lives he leads.

I really enjoyed this movie, and it’s probably one I’ll watch again at some point. It’s not overly long, and at no point did I find myself getting bored. 

Bullitt Steelbook UK Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray Region Free
Starring Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset, Don Gordon, Robert Duvall, Simon Oakland, Norman Fell, Georg Stanford Brown, Justin Tarr, Carl Reindel Steve McQueen
Bullitt [1968] [DVD]
Starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon, Simon Oakland