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The Rube wrote:

Bullitt, (HBO Max):

An all-guts, no-glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Well, the car chase was pretty cool. Um, how is this a classic? Meh. The acting was stone-faced, the plot was ugh, and you sat through a lot of BS to get to the meat of the plot. I regret watching this.

I don’t think the full movie has ever been classified as a classic, merely the car chase. Yes, the movie is quite meh. The car chase, in particular what they did for filming and what technology was available, for the era and the fact that McQueen did most of his own driving makes it an all-timer. The downside is that, yes, you have to sit through the meat of the movie to get to the car chase. I enjoy McQueen much more in the original The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and the original The Thomas Crown Affair.