Bullitt is a 1968 American dramatic thriller film, starring amongst others Steve McQueen, playing the policeman ‘Bullitt’. The plot involves a witness, a corrupt policemen, a hitman, and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT.
Somewhere along the plotline, Bullitt picks up his Ford Mustang GT, and while driving discovers he is being tailed by a hitmen. He turns the tables and follows them, resulting in a protracted, visually dramatic car chase through the hills and streets of San Francisco. The chase ends with the hitmen dying in a fiery crash .
At the time of the film’s release, the car chase scene generated a great amount of excitement. Emanuel Levy wrote in 2003 that, “Bullitt contains one of the most exciting car chases in film history, a sequence that revolutionized Hollywood’s standards.” The total time of the scene is 10 minutes and 53 seconds, but took 3 weeks to shoot. McQueen performed close-up scenes of the stunt himself.
One of the two Mustangs was scrapped after filming due to damage and liability concerns, while the other was sold to an employee of Warner Brothers. The car changed hands several times, with McQueen at one point making an unsuccessful attempt to buy it. The Mustang is rumored to have been kept in a barn in the Ohio River Valley by an unknown owner.
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