Seeing this on Blu ray only makes it better. Steve McQueen is Bullitt, a detective working in San Francisco who is assigned to protect a key witness in a mob trial.
Robert Vaughn is Walter Chalmers, the up and coming politician who is in town to hold Senate Subcommittee hearings on organized crime. He hires Bullit to protect a key witness, but this fails as the witness is killed in a rather bloody incident in a run down hotel room.
This leads Frank Bullitt on an investigation in which he encounters a massive cover up and a few shocking facts about the witness who was killed. Bullitt detests Chalmers and both actors play it to the hilt.
This is a solid film from start to finish and as you all may know, it contains the greatest car chase ever put on film, and it still holds that title today.
Peter Yates directed this brisk film that I cannot recommend enough to anyone. The ending of the film is very brutal and abrupt and the last shots in the film of McQueen are unforgettable.
The stellar cast is rounded out with Simon Oakland, Jacqueline Bisset (as Bullitt's very sexy girlfriend who wants him to quit his job), Don Gordon, Norman Fell, Robert Duvall, Georg Stanford Brown, and Vic Tayback.