Greatest Movie Car Chases – Bullitt

By Auto News Log • November 21st, 2009

Bullitt (1968)

In Bullitt, Steve McQueen took to the streets of San Francisco in a revved up 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT 390 Fastback as he chases two hit-men in a “Tuxedo Black” 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum.

What follows is the greatest car chase ever filmed. Bullitt has nine minutes of tire-squealing thrills through the streets (and air) of San Francisco. What made the car chase scene groundbreaking, Bullitt was the first movie to show close-up shots of the driver which added more realism to the scene. The director called for speeds of 75–80 mph, but the cars reached speeds of over 110 mph on surface streets.

The chase scene took three weeks to film, during which the Charger lost six hubcaps and has different ones missing in different shots. Even now, Bullitt is the measuring-stick by which all movie chase scenes are stacked up to.


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