UPDATE: We’re working with our friends at the Somerville Theater in Somerville, Massachusetts to promote a double feature Thursday, July 28th, including the two great Steve McQueen films Bullitt and The Getaway. Watch our Facebook page this week. We’ll have tickets to give away.
In 1968, Peter Yates directed the Steve McQueen classic, Bullitt, and ever since, car fans have obsessed about every frame of the the movie. But there are probably some things you didn’t know.
The film was made by McQueen’s Solar Productions company, and released by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts on October 17, 1968, the film was a critical and box office smash, later winning the Academy Award for Best Film Editing and receiving a nomination for Best Sound.
The screenplay writers won a 1969 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.
But what Bullitt is notable for is the 10 minute, 53 second car chase through the streets of San Francisco, the single most influential car chase in movie history.
In 2007, Bullitt was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
But there’s also probably quite a few things you don’t know about the movie, including Jaguars, the movie Patton, Von Dutch, rear view mirrors and sound effects. We’ve got a video posted to set you straight.