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action & adventure, drama, thrillers

Steve McQueen's on target in the definitive police/action thriller, featuring one of the screen's great car chases through San Francisco streets. Starring STEVE MC QUEEN, SIMON OAKLAND, DON GORDON, ROBERT DUVALL, ROBERT VAUGHN

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
Positive messages
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5

Great chase scene still works in violent, classic cop tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 1968 cop movie remains famous for its lengthy, white-knuckle chase scene through the streets of San Francisco. It's a no-nonsense, grown-up thriller with a focus on characters and details rather than action and suspense. Even though star Steve McQueen is still cool, and even though the car chase still works, some younger viewers may find the movie a bit dull. It does have some grisly shootings, with spurting blood and gory corpses. The main character and his girlfriend share some intimate scenes with no nudity, and there are a couple of choice swear words saved for the film's final sequence.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the violence in the film. Why was the main character so nonchalant about looking at dead bodies?
  • The hero does some slightly shady things in order to solve his case and bring about justice. Is he a better person than the ambitious politician Chalmers? If so, why?
  • Is the famous chase scene still exciting? What makes it work? Is it realistic or cartoonish?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: There isn't much here, and what there is is awfully easy.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Thursday, March 1, 2007

Fresh: Even though the story almost makes no sense and the Oscar-winning editing has several illogical cuts, Bullitt is an exquisitely satisfying motion picture, particularly if there is still an adolescent boy lodged somewhere in your psyche.

- Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter, Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Solid cop film. Steve McQueen borders between Lethal Weapon and The French Connection in this tale of intrigue and full on action. The car chase. already legendary, was thrilling to watch, and especially nail biting since McQueen mastered all of the stunt driving himself. Still, something didn't quite click for me personally. There was just the right amount of violence, drama, and pause, but personally I believe it would have been less lacking if they included Duvall a bit more.

- FrizzDrop, Monday, December 27, 2010

5 stars

The car chase scene through the San Francisco streets says it all. Steve McQueen was supercool as the no nonsense detective who goes after the truth against crooked cops and the system to catch a deadly killer. Peter Yates' suspenseful thriller became one of the highest grossing films of 1968,and some 40 years after its initial release,it still reigns supreme as one of Steve McQueen's best.

- rayman0071, Friday, November 14, 2008

4 stars

Steve McQueen is perfectly cast as an ultra cool cop, Jacqueline Bisset has a nothing part but she does what she can with it and is utterly breathtakingly beautiful. The justly famous car chase is great but what is so good about the movie is that it is supported by a good story, a rarity in modern films.

- jjnxn, Monday, March 2, 2009