• Aug 18, 2009
Making of Bullitt - Click image above to watch the video

When megastar Steve McQueen and director Peter Yates set out to make Bullitt, the object was to make a "real" film with one of the most ambitious chase scenes in the history of cinema. And they did it before computers and CGI enabled filmmakers to do the lion's share of the dangerous work with the click of a mouse. The chase scene in Bullitt remains an all-time classic, with McQueen's 1968 Mustang Bullitt going head-to-head with a black 1968 Charger R/T 440 Magnum.

The chase was real, with speeds surpassing 100 mph on the hilly streets of San Francisco. Steve McQueen teamed up with stunt driver extraordinaire Bill Hickman, and the other cars in the scene were driven by eight of the best stunt drivers around to create an epic high speed chase for the ages.

Hit the jump to view a 10-minute "making of" documentary of the movie Bullitt. It's an excellent work that shows how much thought and emotion was invested in the making of the film. Our favorite part comes when McQueen describes the chase scene in Bullitt:
"The big problems, of course, with doing a chase as dangerous as this on the street is that nothing comes off like wheels, axles, shock absorbers, because the things we did on the streets with automobiles I don't think will not be done again for a long long time."
We're still waiting, Steve, and we're not holding our breath. As an added bonus, we've added the video from the chase scene in Bullitt to refresh your memory. Hat tip to Richard!

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Making of Bullitt


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with "arash", despite a whole lot of flaws in the chase scene (continuity errors, same VW Beetle being overtaken again and again, etc.) this remains the best car chase in a film to date. It just feels real, as opposed to almost all other chase scenes ever done. And I seriously doubt mankind will ever see someone who'll surpass McQueen's coolness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Steve McQueen is a legend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      love that chase scene, +1 for AB for posting it
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing movie with an amazing actor/driver. RIP McQueen...
      • 5 Years Ago
      That stunt motorcycle driver has balls!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This behind the scenses vid is pretty cool. It's on my special edition DVD of BULLITT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The best ever and always. Real cars and real drivers, only McQueen could've done it.

      My vote for second place movie-Ronin. Two great chase scenes, intrigue, and DeNiro firing a LAWS rocket from the sunroof of a Mercedes 6.9.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What an amazing American treasure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i seen this video its a very awesome and the sound was very hot
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh great, now there's a Drive-by Truckers song in my head.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Steve: "...because the things we did on the streets with automobiles I don't think will not be done again for a long long time."
      AB: We're still waiting, Steve, and we're not holding our breath.

      Why, oh why? Just check that scene out:

      No music.
      No nonsense B actor wanna-be's dropping dumb one liners from schlock scripts.
      Heck, no speaking at all.
      Real cars. Real tires. Real engines. Real people.

      I've never seen the movie (just haven't gotten around to it, I've heard about it relentlessly) but I'd much rather watch this 100 times than the latest CGI craptastic Michael Bay-like "hit" even once.






      • 5 Years Ago

      McQueen is GOD IMHO when it comes to coolness and just being someone who won't be duplicated again! Like he said, if race car drivers made as much back then as actors, he would have quit acting and drove for a living (he was THAT GOOD). I can watch that chase scene over and over again. Heck, I have the DVD in my 2006 Mustang GT and pop it in my in-dash navigation if I want to watch it again.

      Oh and for any Bullitt or McQueen fan, I couldn't believe what I found at my local Target. In the men's section, where the t-shirts are against the wall, there is a Bullitt t-shirt for sale. It has a picture of McQueen on the front, in that pose with his arm resting against the wall and on the back, his Mustang!! The pictures cover the entire shirt!! And best thing, its only $12 and so freaking cool! I got 2. Go check them out if your a fan of his or the movie!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No ABS in that movie either on the cars or the actors. And forget T-shirts - McQueen Nostalgia has resurrected those eye-talian sunglasses, Persols, which he wore in Bullitt and The Thomas Crown Affair. Cool then, cool now.
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