Trivia / Bullitt

  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Thrills: #36
  • The Cast Showoff: Steve McQueen did his own stunt driving, even putting his head near the window so you can see it's really him.
  • I Am Not Spock: Several years later, Robert Vaughn actively considered going into politics. To his dismay, he discovered that people couldn't take him seriously or found him trustworthy as they remembered his oily performance in this film.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Many were surprised that Steve McQueen signed on to play a cop, having had many run-ins with the police as a youth.
  • The Red Stapler: Several items of clothing worn by Steve McQueen received a boost in popularity thanks to the film: desert boots, a trench coat, a blue turtleneck sweater and, most famously, a brown tweed jacket with elbow patches.
  • Romance on the Set: Several biographers have alleged that Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset had an affair during filming. Bisset has vehemently denied this on numerous occasions over the years.
  • Throw It In!: Bullitt's reverse burnout during the chase scene actually wasn't in the script—Steve McQueen had mistakenly missed the turn. The footage was still kept, though.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The now-hopelessly-obsolete fax machine that Bullitt and the rest of the cops stare at for several minutes as it's printing a photograph, which is being transmitted over a dial-up Telex line.
  • What Could Have Been: In the first draft, adapted from Robert L. Fish's novel Mute Witness, Det. Frank Bullitt was a Boston policeman who ate a lot of ice cream and never solved a case. The book had originally been bought with Spencer Tracy in mind; but with Tracy's death the property fell into the hands of Steve McQueen and producer Philip D'Antoni. D'Antoni added the chase and changed the location to San Francisco.