Steve McQueen's 'Bullitt' returning to cinema!

The film that set the tone for car chases in Hollywood is back on the screen, but only for two days!

Steve McQueen's Bullitt will be shown again in American movie theaters this October, 50 years after its original release. The 1968 film is perhaps most famous for its car chase, that set a precedent in Hollywood for decades on how such scenes should be done.

Warner Bros. and Fathom Events plan to show Bullitt in approximately 550 movie theaters in the USA on Sunday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 9. Screenings will take place at 2pm and 7pm local time. Top billing cast members include McQueen, the 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback he drivers in character as Frank Bullitt, and the 1968 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum that is driven by Bullitt's adversaries.

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McQueen's character Frank Bullitt, a San Francisco Police department lieutenant, is initially tasked with protecting a defected mob member, which subsequently drags Bullitt into far bigger political and criminal intrigue, and the famous car chase. The scene starts off with McQueen being chased through San Francisco, before his character flips the chase and hunts the hitmen, eventually ramming them off the road and into a gas station, where their car explodes in a ball of fire.

Two Mustangs were used in the film, and have long been feared lost. Earlier this year though one reemerged, was returned to roadworthy condition and even appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the film's Dodge Charger in a recreation of the iconic car chase.

An Academy Award for 'Best Editing' was the most prestigious of the film's accolades, and the film has grown in stature with age, becoming an era defining movie and a fan's favourite.

Tickets to the Bullitt 50th-anniversary screenings can be purchased online beginning Friday, August 31 on Fathom Events' website or at participating theater box offices.

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