TCM shows 1968 classic, complete with iconic car chase
“Bullitt” is legendary for its midpoint car chase through San Francisco, but there’s also plenty else to recommend about the Peter Yates-directed 1968 police drama … which Turner Classic Movies gives another of its frequent showings Monday, May 17. Certainly, the picture is one of the best examples of title star Steve McQueen’s screen cool, as he plays a self-styled detective charged with protecting a witness for an ambitious politician.
Also great is Robert Vaughn (who also shared credit with McQueen in “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Towering Inferno”) as said politician, charming but cold-blooded. Another terrific chase caps the film, near and across the runways of the City by the Bay’s airport — and one only can marvel at McQueen ducking under moving planes, at a time when it had to be done for real without computer-enhanced imagery.