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Classic Car Chase From 1968 Movie Bullitt, recreated
Express & Star ^ | May 19, 2014

Posted on 05/26/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The epic car chase from the classic 1968 film Bullitt is still hailed as one of the most dramatic, exciting and influential in movie history.

Now – as a special homage to the Oscar-winning original, which starred Hollywood legend Steve McQueen driving a Ford Mustang GT fastback – a modern day recreation is all set to be a YouTube sensation.

The awe-inspiring, high-speed pursuit featured in the original action thriller was filmed on the hilly streets of San Francisco.

Today’s tribute, however, was shot in Britain at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit where the iconic Mustang will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at this summer’s award-winning Silverstone Classic, July 25-27.

Loyal

The new remake stays loyal to the visual style and events of the revered Bullitt chase. It starts with the McQueen character (US police officer Lieutenant Frank Bullitt) in his Highland Green coloured Ford Mustang GT and two hitmen bad guys in an intimidating black Dodge Charger R/T on the streets of a sleepy Silverstone village. The plot then switches to the Silverstone Circuit where the action gathers pace and reaches a spectacular conclusion with the Mustang forcing the Charger off the track resulting in a fiery explosion.

Adding to the doting imitation, the modern pastiche is full of nods to the original. The baddie buckles up and wears leather gloves plus black glasses, the Mustang pops up in the Charger’s rear view mirror and there’s even a mysterious green VW Beetle in several of the shots.

“It’s hard to imagine a better way for us to celebrate the Mustang’s forthcoming 50th birthday party than by making this special homage to the classic car chase in Bullitt,” said Nick Wigley, Silverstone classic event director.

“As you can imagine, we had a lot of fun making this film – not least as it gave us all a great excuse to watch the original movie once again!”

Both the sixties muscle cars featured in the on-line tribute will be on show at the Silverstone Classic as part of a huge Mustang presence at the event – all supported by Pure Michigan, the tourism division of the US State of Michigan.

The Mustang and Charger will be part of huge displays and a special Saturday on-track parade organised together with the Mustang Owners Club, which has chosen the Classic for its official golden anniversary celebrations.

What’s more the Bullitt pair will be joined by a number of other Mustangs from movies such as Gone in 60 Seconds and American Gangster.

Television presenter Mike Brewer will also be attending in his recently restored 1967 Mustang Fastback while a pair of P51 Mustangs will be wowing fans with a dazzling air display at lunchtime on Saturday.

Adding to the fuel-filled festivities the weekend also includes two thundering Mustang celebration races featuring record numbers of the mighty American V8-powered Fords. It’s a high-octane party no one will want to miss.

Full details of ticket sales for this summer’s edition of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival – which must be purchased in advance – can be found on the official www.silverstoneclassic.com website.


TOPICS: Hobbies; Local News; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bullit; cars; england; mcqueen; movies; sanfrancisco

1 posted on 05/26/2014 4:32:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Oh man... beeyooteefulllll....


2 posted on 05/26/2014 4:34:54 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: nickcarraway

2 cars used in the movies, one trashed so bad it was sent to the crusher. The other is in the South somewhere ( google it ) and their are hopes it will be restored and shown at sometime...


3 posted on 05/26/2014 4:35:46 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFbi6A_ZDOc


4 posted on 05/26/2014 4:40:10 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway

A great finisher would be for the bad guy to FLY THROUGH DIANNE FEINSTEIN’S HOUSE..!!!

^_^


5 posted on 05/26/2014 4:41:36 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway

Bullitt is a GREAT movie.


6 posted on 05/26/2014 4:41:43 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: nickcarraway

That was probably the most gut wrenching driving scene ever filmed.

Wasn’t the driver of the charger also a famous stuntman/driver? It seems like I read that somewhere.


7 posted on 05/26/2014 4:42:45 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: nickcarraway

Just doesn’t seem the same without Steve McQueen and Bill Hickman, not to mention the 6 or 7 flying hubcaps off McQueen’s car... ;-)


8 posted on 05/26/2014 4:42:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: yarddog

Yes, the late great Bill Hickman.


9 posted on 05/26/2014 4:43:52 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: nickcarraway

Here is the original chase:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lbs_nYW3-o


10 posted on 05/26/2014 4:45:50 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Nice!

(Should have shown her cutting him out of his belt though)


11 posted on 05/26/2014 4:46:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

Not even close to the original........


12 posted on 05/26/2014 4:50:03 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: nickcarraway
I'm impressed by the Telecopier scene. It foreshadowed the information age, and it's quite interesting the way it's played for drama. I had forgotten all about it before re-viewing the movie in recent years.

Note it features Robert Vaughn, Simon Oakland, and Norman Fell, along with Steve McQueen.

... I feel a song coming on.

13 posted on 05/26/2014 4:51:22 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: nickcarraway

Oh YEAH!!


14 posted on 05/26/2014 4:55:55 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: nickcarraway

YES!!! That would be so cool!!!


15 posted on 05/26/2014 4:56:19 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Five Hubcaps came of the Charger according to my Brother who noticed it the first time he saw the Movie at the Theater.

No Youtube rewinds, he called it the first time and I told him he ruined the Chase Scene for me.

I keep meaning to look for myself, but I’m still pissed off at him. The premature explosion at the end is another topic for another day.

For all that work their Script Continuity person really screwed up, but it was and still is AWESOME.


16 posted on 05/26/2014 4:58:21 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Cancer were Contagious, they would call it Liberalism...)
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To: dr_lew
Simon Oakland

Had forgotten all about that dude. Remember him from Kolchak, The Night Stalker.

17 posted on 05/26/2014 4:59:11 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Starstruck

Simon Oakland

Had forgotten all about that dude. Remember him from Kolchak, The Night Stalker.

*****************

And, the Black Sheep Squadron.


18 posted on 05/26/2014 5:13:31 PM PDT by Sylvester McMonkey McBean
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To: Starstruck

He was all over the little screen - Perry Mason(2), Twilight Zone(2), Outerlimits, Naked City, Combat!, Untouchables(3)... Men Into Space, for crying out loud! ... and on and on.


19 posted on 05/26/2014 5:16:36 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Sylvester McMonkey McBean
And, the Black Sheep Squadron.

Remember him there too! Good character actor. Kinda of a Edward G. Robinson/Peter Lorre mix.

20 posted on 05/26/2014 5:18:10 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

How about the aforementioned green Volkswagen ? Just watched the Youtube version of the chase, and it’s in three successive cuts. Obviously, multiple shots of one scene.

You’d think somebody would have mapped out the identifiable locations. I doubt they connect up very well.


21 posted on 05/26/2014 5:21:16 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Starstruck

He had a recurring role on “The Rockford Files”. He played a sort of sleazy private eye, sort of a competitor to Rockford.


22 posted on 05/26/2014 5:21:54 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Its worse then that, the mustang did so poorly they had to keep giving it headstarts.


23 posted on 05/26/2014 5:33:35 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: nickcarraway; All
""Before the filming could be done, the Charger and the Mustang required preparation. One of the best wrenchmen in the movie business, Max Balchowsky, recalls the Mustang in particular needed considerable modifications so it could hold up during the relentless beatings it would take during the filming. ...Balchowsky remembers “I hardly had to anything to the Dodge’s engine, but what I was worried about was the strength of the front end.” To shore up the front, Balchowsky revised the torsion bars, beefed up the control arms and added heavy duty shocks. As with the Mustang, all parts were ‘fluxed. For the rear end, Balchowsky told us, “I got some special rear springs, what you call a high spring rate, a flat without any arch in it, and using that spring the car would stay low. It’s similar to the same springs they use in police cars, which makes a good combination. When the police specify a package, they have more spring here, a little bigger brake there, a little bit more happening in the shocks, and it makes a good car. But the director of BULLITT wanted a brand new car instead of an ex-police car, so I got the springs from a friend at Chrysler. We had to weld reinforcements under the arms and stuff on the Dodge. We did lose a lot of hubcaps on the Charger. We’d put the hubcaps back on, but I suppose it probably would have been better if we had lest them off.”...
24 posted on 05/26/2014 6:21:58 PM PDT by virgil283 (That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.)
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To: nickcarraway

Lordy, I hate car chases. I guess it’s appealing if you are a guy, which I am not.


25 posted on 05/26/2014 6:44:21 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Bigg Red
Lordy, I hate car chases. I guess it’s appealing if you are a guy, which I am not.

How about a Three Stooges car chase? Now that would make me smile.

Haha.

26 posted on 05/26/2014 7:13:09 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Bigg Red

I don’t care for car chases either but “Bulitt” was something way out of the ordinary.


27 posted on 05/26/2014 7:19:17 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: nickcarraway; Talisker; taildragger; gaijin; HereInTheHeartland; yarddog; fieldmarshaldj; ...
Best Car Chase EVER (Yes, including Bullitt)
28 posted on 05/26/2014 8:13:56 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

“Short Time” —oh man, that was funny..!!! hahahahha!

Thank you.


29 posted on 05/26/2014 8:23:38 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Rodamala

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that movie. Problem is, it’s too comedic to be taken seriously... like the wild scenes in “The Blues Brothers.” There’s no “threat” that somebody is going to die (like in “Bullitt” or “The French Connection” or “The Seven Ups”).


30 posted on 05/26/2014 8:26:17 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Rodamala

Here’s a great one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAhsfAVLj44


31 posted on 05/26/2014 9:22:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Rodamala

That’s good...

As for comedy car chases, I like this one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeg85InzoPI


32 posted on 05/26/2014 9:35:58 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: Rodamala

Best ever was the original Italian Job...


33 posted on 05/26/2014 9:44:44 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Thorliveshere

The late great John Houseman!


34 posted on 05/26/2014 9:56:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Rodamala

I liked the car chase with McQueen in the corn field in his last movie (bounty hunter, liked old things, forgot the name).

Rolling up to the Hertz place with the demolished vehicle on a flatbed, tossing the car keys and saying “I took the insurance - you can check”. (Or something to that effect).


35 posted on 05/27/2014 12:04:39 AM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Rodamala
Thanks ....’Short Time’ is an under appreciated movie.... And fun too.
36 posted on 05/27/2014 6:52:43 AM PDT by virgil283 (That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.)
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