In the American youth of the sixties of the last century, an awakening arose from the social and ideological point of view. The fight for civil rights, sexual liberalism, the demonstrations against the Vietnam War, the elimination of the Hayes Code on censorship in the film industry were latent.

The cinema was also breaking paradigms and the premieres covered police complaint movies with rude detectives, and spectacular persecutions. One of those prototypes was embodied by the famous actor Steve McQueen in the movie “Bullitt” (1968), which became a cult work due to its theme and action scenes.

The plot includes a San Francisco police detective, who has been entrusted with guarding a witness for a weekend because he will be the key to convict a city mobster. However, due to situations that are carried out within the same scheme of the mafia, an event occurs that brings the prosecution to ruin over its star witness, which leads to a labyrinth of conflicting passions about the surveillance structure by the police of San Francisco.

From this moment on, the investigations and the development of the action will be led by detective Bullitt (Steve McQueen) who is facing a senator from the republic who accuses him of negligence; but there is a game of double standards on the part of the politician.

“Billitt” is a violent film both in words and in action, starring Steve McQueen, who was at the height of his career and who produced the film. The theme of the car chase is very well achieved, and has been widely imitated in different subsequent films. The Ford Mustang GT500 car that the protagonist uses in said chase is emblematic. Said car has remained as a reference of excellence and quality of the vehicle on the road.

The script for “Bullitt” does not contain much dialogue, but the looks and body language it provokes in the viewer speak louder than words.

The soundtrack by Lalo Schifrin surrounds the entire framework of it, giving it a sui generis character as if it were another character in the film.

Finally, remembering this film, we also think of “Dirty Harry”, “Contact in France”, the Starsky & Hutch television series” and “The streets of San Francisco” for the expressive way of car chases.

This movie may be available on some streaming channels or on the Internet so that our moviegoers can enjoy this action film.


  1. Steve McQueen based his character on San Francisco Homicide Inspector Dave Toschi, known for his work on the Zodiac murders.
  2. Robert Vaughn (as the Senator) has referred to his performance in this film as the best of his career and the one he is most proud of.
  3. Steve McQueen did not use double in the car chase; so he always kept his face in the vehicle window as a close-up so that the public would notice his actions.
  4. The car chase was originally supposed to include a theme song, but Lalo Schifrin suggested that there was no music to add to that sequence, noting that the soundtrack was powerful as it was.
  5. The film won a Oscar for best editing (Frank P. Keller), and was a candidate for better sound.
  6. This film is preserved in the File, Archive of the United States Library of Congress. She is remembered for the car chase through the center of the city San Franciscocentral scene that is one of the first and most influential of its kind.

Data sheet:

Qualification: 4/5 (Very Good)

original name: Bullitt

Year: 1968

Duration: 113 minutes

From director Peter Yates: He was a British filmmaker with several Oscar nominations.

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