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The car chase is as great as advertised, but this is a pretty flawed film. The scene with Bullit's girlfriend opening up about how his job is changing him is so poorly conceived.
Not an action film by far, that's right.
The movie that reinvented the car chase for Hollywood, it's got great atmosphere and realism, but don't look at the plot too closely. It's pretty hard to follow and doesn't reward close examination. Steve McQueen is great as usual though.
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This movie ranks #36 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills
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This movie ranks #127 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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This movie ranks #419 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #489 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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