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Bullitt – 1968

Bullitt – 1968

TO SUM IT UP IN A SENTENCE: THE COOLEST PROTAGONIST OF ALL TIME IN THE GREATEST MOVIE CAR SCENE EVER…

 

Although in the 60’s and 70’s, lacking the necessary technology (VHS, DVD, stream) fans couldn’t “watch the movie to rags”, still, the scene with inspector Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) looking through the back window of the ivy green Mustang Fastback, reversing with smoking tires burnt into the minds of millions.

 

The car for bad guys is a piece of hot steel, too: a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440. Considering cars this one might rather be considered the main protagonist. For some reason, though, Hollywood seems to have preferred to cast this type in connection with evil characters. We are still in 1968, the golden age of muscle cars, so it’s absolutely natural to have a racing car speeding through the streets.

The scene is barely 10 minutes and 53 seconds of the movie, but it’s a masterpiece that changed the meaning of the term car chase for Hollywood and for movie audiences alike.

At the start of the chase even the background music is faded out and there is no need for dialogue either. All we can hear is the howling of the V8’s, the screeching of tires and the clattering of metal parts as the cars dash onto the ground again and again.

The hilly streets of San Francisco proved to be the ideal setting for this game of tag with cars and Steve McQueen created a trend: his clothes, his moves, the entire character had a major impact upon the acting of future generations. The car manufacturer Ford now had a solid basis for the success of the Mustang series.

 

 

Publish: 2017-09-18 | Category: Movie cars