Peter Yates (1968)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Steve McQueen did better work in his tragically shortened career, but this is one of the films that helped make him a screen icon. He's at his deadpan best as the maverick cop who's assigned to protect a key government witness against a crime syndicate. Director Peter Yates gives it more, in terms of urban reality, than the predictable script deserves, and Frank P Keller won an Oscar for editing the famous San Francisco car-bouncing hill chase. But it's always McQueen's movie. He's snappy, laconic and cynical in equal doses, and his performance is complemented by the assured support of Robert Vaughn as a sleazy politician whose interference gets under the cool cop's skin .


A tough police detective is assigned to protect a Mob witness for 48 hours, only for hitmen to find their hiding place and try to silence the informant. The rebellious cop realises something does not add up and goes in search of both the killers and whoever told them where to locate their target - but an ambitious politician wants him off the case. Thriller, starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn and Robert Duvall.

Cast & Crew

Lt Frank Bullitt Steve McQueen
Cathy Jacqueline Bisset
Walter Chalmers Robert Vaughn
Weissberg Robert Duvall
Delgetti Don Gordon
Capt Bennett Simon Oakland
Baker Norman Fell
Dr Willard Georg Stanford Brown
Director Peter Yates
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Pathe LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray