You can’t call yourself a true classic car fan, or a movie fan for that matter, until you’ve seen the Hollywood classic Bullitt, which came out all the way back in 1968. That’s more than 50 YEARS ago, and yet this flick still holds up. Time flies when you’re driving fast.
Featuring the legendary Steve McQueen as San Francisco cop Frank Bullitt, this Oscar-winning film has one of the greatest car chase sequences of all time and helped solidify the highland green ’68 Mustang as one of the most classic movie cars in history. If you don’t know what we’re talking about (but here’s hoping that you do), we come bearing YouTube clips.
This nearly 11-minute car chase scene made every big-time movie producer in need of a high-speed car chase scene head on down to the streets of San Francisco to use those endless hills for some truly breathtaking jumps. Not to mention, this chase set the stage in general for plenty of epic big-screen chases in future action movies.
We know it may look so easy here, mainly thanks to the incredible driving of stunt driver Bill Hickman, but don’t try any of this driving in real life. That should go without saying, but you never really know these days. The filming process for the iconic scene was actually a lot more challenging that you might think. Fun fact: The filmmakers actually ruined more than one sports car during the process of filming the famous car chase.
Judging from the end product, which was filled with epic close-ups and amazing long shots, the wrecked cars was certainly worth it. At least we think they were. You’d really have to ask the folks over at Warner Brothers.
This post was originally published on June 28, 2018.