the streets of san francisco

the streets of san francisco

This iconic scene from Bullitt is considered one of the greatest and most influential car chases of motion picture history. The total time of the scene is 10 minutes and 53 seconds on a route which would be geographically impossible if it is assumed to

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This iconic scene from Bullitt is considered one of the greatest and most influential car chases of motion picture history. The total time of the scene is 10 minutes and 53 seconds on a route which would be geographically impossible if it is assumed to take place in real time. In true Hollywood style however it's important never to let reality get in the way of a good car chase ! :) It doesn't look much by today's standards but this scene through the streets of San Francisco was groundbreaking for movie car chases when it was released in 1968 and was partly responsible for the phenomenal popularity of the Mustang. Two 1968 390 V8 Ford Mustang GT fastbacks (325 hp) with four-speed manual transmissions were used for the chase scene, both loaned by the Ford Motor Company to Warner Bros as part of a promotional agreement. The Mustangs' engines, brakes and suspensions were heavily modified for the chase by veteran car racer Max Balchowsky. Ford also originally loaned two Galaxie sedans for the chase scenes, but the producers found the cars too heavy for the jumps over the hills of San Francisco. They were replaced with two 1968 375 hp 440 Magnum V8-powered Dodge Chargers. The engines in both Chargers were left largely unmodified, but the suspensions were mildly upgraded to cope with the demands of the stunt work. One of the two Mustangs was scrapped after filming because of damage and liability concerns, while the other was sold to an employee of Warner Brothers. The car changed hands several times, with McQueen at one point making an unsuccessful attempt to buy it in late 1977. The current state and location of the surviving Mustang is largely unknown, but it is rumored that the Mustang is kept in a barn somewhere in the Ohio River Valley by an unknown owner... Now THAT would be worth millions. The Director called for maximum speeds of about 75–80 miles per hour (121–129 km/h), but the cars (including the chase cars filming) at times reached speeds of over 110 miles per hour (180 km/h). Driver's point-of-view shots were used to give the audience a participant's feel of the chase. Steve McQueen, an accomplished driver, drove in the close-up scenes, while stunt coordinator Carey Loftin hired stuntman and motorcycle racer Bud Ekins and McQueen's usual stunt driver Loren Janes for the high-speed part of the chase and other dangerous stunts. Enjoy...