Steve McQueen’s 1968 Bullitt is a neo-noir action thriller with a gritty realism that was bold for the time… but nobody remembers that. What everyone remembers is the car chase, a scene so epic it has become not only the most famous of its kind in cinema but also spawned an entire genre of Ford Mustang.
The movie centres around McQueen’s no-nonsense San Francisco police detective, Frank Bullitt and his pursuit of Chicago mobsters in his city. The epic 10-minute car chase arrives at the midpoint of the movie when Bullitt, in his Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, pursues a pair of hitmen in a black Dodge Charger.
There are several reasons that make the Bullitt car chase so memorable – its length, the genuine speeds the cars were travelling at and the fact McQueen did a lot of his own stunt driving. There’s