Bullitt

Bullitt ★★★★

I'm reminded to write about this film by Andy Summers "Dirty Harry" piece in my stream. This is the other SF supercop based on the real detective played by Mark Ruffalo in Zodiac. That term "supercop" along with "supercriminals" of "Point Blank" and "Bonnie & Clyde" a heady mix of style, stylistic directing and brutal violence mark the modern era of action films. One of this films key offerings is the car chase. Proper fast cars not dressed up police vehicles, real stunts, really visceral stunts, touchable danger.... and that biting down on tinfoil look on MacQueen's face. Total icon, zero cliche, no air of anachronism. He wears a big old jumper most of the film with his herringbone. Classy.

Of substance and like "Point Blank" and "Dirty Harry" the corruption of government and business is an established fact in American life. The feudalism that grips "Chinatown" or the assassins for hire franchising of "Parallax View"; those 70s tropes are writ large in "Bullitt". Who better than Robert Vaughan to be in MacQueen's face as he plays hide the corpse with the Mob. If this film has veneer then it also has depth. The plot is satisfyingly twisty but the politics standing the way of justice similar to Callahan's frustrated attempts to nail Scorpio ; fighting City Hall all the way.

This is a superb cop film with Steve's stardust sprinkled all over. It has one of those near silent protagonists with true grit played by a screen legend. Acting doesn't come into it. MacQueen and Jacqueline Bissett is its own baby boom, an ocean of sex appeal.

If you have Spotify go over there and plug Bullitt into search and listen to the main theme through big assed speakers. Every cliche in the book but it wrote most of them. Beautiful.

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