Released 1968


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Peter Yates
Bullitt is a 1968 crime drama about a San Francisco police lieutenant, Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen), assigned to guard mob informant Johnny Ross over the weekend, at the request of ambitious politician Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn). The informant is due to give testimony against his brother, mob boss Peter Ross (Vic Tayback) at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Monday. Bullitt and two of his fellow officers keep the informant guarded at a cheap hotel until a pair of hit men find them, open fire and mortally wound Ross. Upon Ross's death, fearing repercussions, Bullitt arranges to cover up his death, temporarily. He begins to question the veracity of his job guarding the informant and delves into the case further. He discovers that Johnny Ross contacted a woman while under watch, and Bullitt goes to talk to her. He finds the woman murdered, and suspects that there was some sort of subterfuge and that Johnny Ross was not the man who died. Bullitt deduces that Johnny Ross is on the run, and the dead man is the murdered woman's husband. Bullitt pieces things together and goes in search of the real Johnny Ross.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    It is simply one of the most exciting and intelligent action films in years, probably the best good-cop film we can expect to encounter.

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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...

  • 100

    The Guardian

    Blessed with the fresh eyes of newly landed Englishman Yates (and genius cameraman William Fraker), the movie makes San Francisco fresh and alive, but also completely remakes and m...

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Thrillers, Classics, Crime