Bullitt ★★★★½

I hadn't seen this in maybe 20 years, and did not appreciate what a complete, awesome film this is. The car chase understandably get the glory, but it's also a terrific police procedural with McQueen at the peak of his powers. Confident enough in the story to take its time and show police doing actual policing--the boringness of detective work. It's not realistic, but it is smarter, sparser, and more deliberate than the heap of films it would influence.

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