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Director: Peter Yates (Dir)
Release Date:   1968
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 17 Oct 1968
Duration (in mins):   114
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Cast:   Steve McQueen (Frank Bullitt)  
    Robert Vaughn (Walter Chalmers)  
    Jacqueline Bisset (Cathy)  
    Don Gordon (Delgetti)  
    Robert Duvall (Weissberg)  
    Simon Oakland (Captain Bennett)  
    Norman Fell (Captain Baker)  
    Carl Reindel (Stanton)  
    Felice Orlandi (Renick)  
    Pat Renella (Johnny Ross)  
    Georg Stanford Brown (Dr. Willard)  
    Justin Tarr (Eddy, the informer)  
    Victor Tayback (Peter Ross)  
    Paul Genge (Hired killer)  
    Ed Peck (Wescott)  
    Robert Lipton (1st aide)  
    John Aprea (Killer)  
    Al Checco (Desk clerk)  
    Bill Hickman (Phill)  

Summary: Chicago hoodlum Johnny Ross defrauds his Mafia associates and escapes to San Francisco where he agrees to testify before a Senate subcommittee on crime headed by ambitious politician Walter Chalmers. At the request of Chalmers, Det. Lieut. Frank Bullitt is assigned to protect Ross who is hiding out in a dilapidated hotel; two gunmen manage to enter Ross's room, however, and seriously wound him. Chalmers then warns Bullitt that he will destroy his career if Ross dies. When Ross is stabbed to death in the hospital, Bullitt persuades a member of the hospital staff, Dr. Willard, to help conceal the death, and he sets out to investigate the case. The Mafia gangsters follow him, but Bullitt escapes in an automobile chase through San Francisco that ends when the Mafia car crashes into a gasoline pump and explodes. Despite the objections of his girl friend Cathy, Bullitt retraces Ross's movements and eventually learns that the dead man was a decoy, and that the real Ross plans to leave the country under the name of Albert Renick. Tracing a phone call Ross had made to a San Mateo motel, Bullitt drives there with Cathy and finds a murdered woman with $30,000 in traveler's checks made out to Albert and Dorothy Renick. Bullitt then learns that Ross has booked a seat on a night plane to London. He races to stop him at the airport, but runs into Chalmers, who admits that he sent him to guard the wrong man and demands that the real Ross be taken alive. After an angry exchange with Chalmers, Bullitt goes after Ross, chases him from a departing plane onto the runway, and finally kills him as he tries to escape. 

Production Company: Solar Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros.--Seven Arts, Inc.  
Director: Peter Yates (Dir)
  Tim Zinnemann (Asst dir)
  Daisy Gerber (Asst dir)
Producer: Philip D'Antoni (Prod)
  Robert E. Relyea (Exec prod)
Writer: Alan R. Trustman (Scr)
  Harry Kleiner (Scr)
Photography: William A. Fraker (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Albert Brenner (Art dir)
Film Editor: Frank P. Keller (Film ed)
  Ralph H. Martin (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Ralph S. Hurst (Set dec)
  Philip Abramson (Set dec)
Costumes: Theadora Van Runkle (Cost des)
  Alan Levine (Cost)
Music: Lalo Schifrin (Mus)
Sound: John Kean (Sd)
Special Effects: Sass Bedig (Spec eff)
Make Up: Emile LaVigne (Makeup)
  Pat Davey (Hairstyles)
Production Misc: Jack N. Reddish (Prod mgr)
  Joe L. Cramer (Unit mgr)
  Marshall Wolins (Scr supv)
  Pablo Ferro Films (Main titles)
Stand In: Carey Loftin (Chase seq stunts)
  Bud Ekins (Chase seq stunts)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel Mute Witness by Robert L. Pike (Garden City, New York, 1963).
Authors: Robert L. Pike

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Solar Productions, Inc. 1/12/1968 dd/mm/yyyy LP38106

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor

Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Crime
Subjects (Major): Airports
  Automobile accidents
  Impersonation and imposture
  San Francisco (CA)
  San Mateo (CA)
  United States. Congress

Note: Location scenes filmed in San Francisco. 

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