Bullitt (1968)

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Corrected entry: During the chase scene, the Mustang's rearview mirror usually shows part of the driver's face, either Bullitt's or his stunt double's. While near the end of the chase on the hill, when we can see the water of the Bay, the Charger can be seen (from within the following Mustang) having a hard time turning left. The Mustang's rearview mirror shows the stunt driver excitedly chewing gum, but Bullitt is not chewing gum.

Correction: Just because we don't see the gum placed into his mouth, and just because in some shots he isn't chewing, that doesn't mean it isn't there. The face in the mirror is indeed McQueen himself, and he is obviously actually driving the car in the chase, hence, Bullitt is chewing gum in the chase.


Correction: At best, the Mustang goes through five distinct gears when accelerating after the slide to avoid the cyclist, then catching up to the Charger. At that point, the camera angle changes to inside the Charger, and the driving becomes erratic. A slow-down was certainly possible, putting the Mustang down a gear or two before we hear further upshifts. As for five gears, the car is wearing aftermarket wheels, right? Who says it can't have an aftermarket-prepped 5-gear trans, for the movie's sake? In reality it didn't, but the character could have made the change.

Corrected entry: Jaqueline Bisset and Steve McQueen are driving in her yellow Porsche on the busy freeway. A grey saloon and 3 red lorries feature behind in the shot. Bisset and McQueen stop the car and get out for a chat on the side of the road. They then get back in and drive off, with same grey car and 3 red lorries behind them!

Correction: At the start of the scene a blue car is on the off ramp as McQueen and bisset pull off the highway in the yellow Porsche. After the cliff top scene it cuts back to the highway and the same blue car is just leaving the highway with the yellow Porsche 3 cars behind it. They just used an earlier piece of the same shot.

Correction: They are not shown driving away in this scene. There is a brief shot of the car parked on the shoulder, and one red truck can be seen approaching, but it is a highway and there's probably other red trucks traveling there.


Plot hole: The movie is based on one huge plot hole: if it wasn't for the "professional" hitman's sloppy work, Bullitt and his team wouldn't have been needed for much. The hitman enters the hotel room, wounds the policeman, then shoots the target with one shotgun blast to his upper left shoulder area. Any hitman worth his fee knows that this is not likely to be an immediately fatal wound. The hitman had a pump shotgun and should have finished the job right then and there. Surely he had more than two shells. Instead, he sees the target is slumped unconscious, then leaves the hotel room without checking to see that his victim really is dead. Nothing seems to be immediately threatening the hit team, though. The hitman spends the rest of his life trying to finish his job and pays the ultimate price for being lazy.

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Chalmers: Ross.
Bennet: Albert Edward Renick, used car salesman, Chicago.
Chalmers: Who's Renick?
Bullitt: He was the man who was shot in the Hotel Daniels. You sent us to guard the wrong man, Mr. Chalmers.

David George

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Trivia: In the restaurant scene near the beginning of the film, the actor playing the waiter accidentally flips the corner of the menu in Steve McQueen's eye, but it was left in the finished film.

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Question: Just after (the real) Ross has been shot at the airport, you hear the babble of bystanders' voices. At one point you apparently hear this exchange: Person 1: "I heard he shot someone" Person 2: "He's a c**t, that's what he is". Is this part of the script, a mischievous foul-mouthed extra or my bad hearing?

Answer: The line is "He's a cop..."


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