Bullitt (1968) Movie Poster

Goofs from Bullitt (1968)

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  • In the scene at Enrico's restaurant, a policeman with a walkie-talkie doing crowd control is visible through doorway.
  • In the final scene, where Bullitt is washing his face and looking in the mirror, he is wearing the brown cardigan sweater from the day before at the hospital, not the blue turtleneck he had been wearing.
  • During the chase, the Dodge Charger loses more than four wheel covers.
  • When Bullit yields for the first car at the 66 station, it is a Pontiac not a Plymounth Fury and when it switches to a different car, that car is a Desoto not a Ford Victoria.
  • The Charger supposedly explodes in a gas station, yet can be seen in the background of the explosion.
  • During the chase between the Mustang and the Charger, just after the Charger side-swipes the truck and hits the fence, the old man reaches back to roll down the driver-side quarter window. At this point, the sides and doors are rather damaged, yet the two cars do not make contact until a few seconds later.
  • When the bad guys in the Charger have lost the Mustang, they look to the left and see a small red car (Fiat) on top of the hill with no car parked directly in front of it. Five seconds later a 1958 Dodge appears parked right in the front of the red car.
  • The DVD's subtitles read "mess and baum scissors" instead of "Metzenbaum scissors" which were named after the American surgeon/inventor Myron Firth Metzenbaum.
  • During the overhead shot of Ross' cab early in the film, the Ford sedan shown is a 1968. In all other shots, it's a 1967.
  • During the chase scene, the weather changes from completely cloudy to clear and sunny to partly cloudy several times.
  • When the Mustang makes its U-turn at the 66 station, Bullitt yields to a 66 Plymouth Fury, which becomes a late 50's Ford Victoria. With the same scene change, the time of day switches from late afternoon to mid-morning (see the shadows).
  • During the pursuit through the airport, Bullitt wears a trench coat, jacket, and blue shirt. At the end, when he gets closer to his apartment, he's still wearing the trench coat and the jacket is in his hand. Inside the apartment he is wearing a brown cardigan over the shirt and the trench coat is in his hand.
  • During the chase, many of the shots involving a screeching left or right turn clearly show skid marks already on the pavement, indicating a re-take.
  • A microphone is visible as the killer questions the doctor.
  • When Bullitt continues pursuit of the Charger after spinning off into the dirt, you can hear him upshift once as he is driving away. In the next shot you can hear him upshift another three times. It is impossible to upshift any more than three times in total in a 4-speed transmission.
  • When Bullitt leaves the hospital, taking Ross' body to the morgue, he is still dressed in the clothes he wore when he responded to the shooting the night before: brown cardigan over a light blue shirt. Very next scene, when he pulls up and parks the Mustang, steals the newspaper, visits local grocery, he is now wearing the trench coat over the trademark green sport coat and blue turtleneck, BEFORE he goes home, showers and is seen changing into these very same clothes for the remainder of the film.
  • A forward aerial shot of the two cars about to turn right (on a street called "Mansell") shows a crew member on the right side of the screen waving the cars through.
  • During the chase scene, when Bullitt first begins to ram the Charger, the passenger with the shotgun has just climbed part way into the back seat of the car to fire at Bullitt. However, in the first two distant shots of the two vehicles colliding, it appears the passenger is still properly seated in his seat.
  • Luggage disappears from the airport doors between shots.
  • The address of the hotel where Johnny Ross is killed is twice given as 226 Embarcadero Road. The address is real, but the correct name of the thoroughfare on which it is located is The Embarcadero, not Embarcadero Road.
  • When Ross shoots at Bullitt on the runway, his second shot destroys a blue taxiway light. When Bullitt gets up and runs, the blue light looks normal except that the light is turned off.
  • When the guys in the Charger first lose sight of Bullitt as they stop to make a left uphill curving turn, there is a green Ford Falcon parked on their left, this car is replaced with a red and white Chevrolet circa 55 or 56 that was parked further away.
  • When the cars pull into the gas station during the chase, a chain is very briefly visible between the Charger and the Mustang.
  • After the man with grey hair is spotted in the hospital, the cops are alerted on the ground floor. One walks outside where it is quite dark. Later, Bullitt chases the man outside, where it is daylight.
  • When the cab drops off Frank Bullitt to pick up his mustang at the car wash; as the car door swings open, the reflection of the camera crew is visible in the door glass.
  • During the chase scene you can hear a manual stick shift changing gears on the Mustang during exterior shots of the car, but shots inside the vehicle during the chase show an automatic and not a manual stick.
  • When Bullitt and Cathy are by the water's edge, as she pulls her hair back over her right ear she is holding a flower which subsequently disappears and reappears between shots.
  • Several motions made by Phil (the driver of the Charger) suggest that the car is a manual, and what appears to be a shifter's sleeve is briefly visible after Mike loads his shotgun. As the charger approaches the truck that it later sideswipes, you can hear a down shift, and Phil's hand does not leave the steering wheel.
  • The Mustang has no wing mirrors when parked at the carwash, but upon leaving it does.
  • The Charger hits a parked car and damages the left fender, yet it is undamaged in subsequent shots.
  • On the sign outside the hotel where Bisset drops off McQueen, it says, Mother's Day Brunch May 11th. In 1968, Mother's Day was May 12. Since Mother's Day did indeed fall on May 11th the following year, 1969, this may have been a deliberate error in anticipation of the film not being released until 1969.
  • At the car wash, the Mustang has dirt clearly visible by the driver's side rocker panel, this dirt disappears in subsequent scenes.
  • During the chase scene, when we see the interior of the Dodge car with the two passengers inside, the rearview mirror shows the face of the passenger riding shotgun. This means that the mirror is tilted to the right, making it impossible for the driver to see who comes from behind, like he does so often.
  • When Ross fires two shots at a policeman while trying to escape from the airport, he fires two shots about half a second apart. However, two bullet holes appear simultaneously when the first shot is fired.
  • When Bullit calls Sgt. Delgetti from the restaurant,the call goes through direct to the hotel room. This hotel had an old switchboard and all calls in and out had to go through the hotel operator to get connected.
  • At one point during the chase scene, the black Charger produces a fresh skid mark and subsequently crashes into a parked car, moving it slightly to the side. A split-second later the skid mark and the Charger disappear and the parked car is back in place. The weird editing was due to the Charger smashing the camera, as shown in behind-the-scenes footage.
  • During the chase sequence, the same green Volkswagen Beetle is seen at least 4 different times in 4 different locations in a period of not more than 1 minute.
  • During the airport chase Bullitt removes his jacket but when the chase continues into the airport building, he is again wearing the jacket.
  • When Carl Stanton is driving the 1967 Ford Custom to the meeting at Walter Chalmers, he is preceded by a 1950's Nash and then when the policeman directing traffic in the next shot appears the 1967 Ford Custom is then preceded by a 1967 Buick Skylark station wagon.
  • Albert Edward Renick unhooks the chain on the door wearing no jacket, seconds later Carl Stanton is shot and he is shown backing onto the bed wearing a suit jacket but half off. After Renick is shot the jacket once again disappears.
  • After Dorothy Simmons Renick's body is discovered by Lt. Frank Bullitt and subsequently witnessed by Cathy, there is a shot of Cathy's yellow Porsche Speedster taking an off ramp, preceded by a light blue early-1960s Pontiac (Tempest or LeMans). A few minutes later, after Cathy and Lt. Frank Bullitt's conversation by the water, the same shot is shown again except it is slightly earlier in the sequence, when the blue Pontiac is just starting to pull into the off ramp, and Cathy's yellow Porsche is still in traffic, just barely visible about 7 vehicles behind the Pontiac and right behind an old white Ford Econoline van.
  • The newspaper Delgetti is reading at Frank Bullitt's flat on late Saturday morning (a Warner Brothers print prop) is the same one as he buys (borrows) supposedly on Sunday morning after the ambulance trip to the morgue, the next day with the same headline i.e. "A PEACE TALK FLURRY".
  • When the detective in the hotel with Ross calls Bullitt at 1:00am, Bullitt says he will be there in 5 minutes. Yet when he gets there multiple police, ambulances, and detective Delgetti are already there.
  • When Chalmers tells Bullit on Friday that he needs to keep Ross out of reach of the organization for 40 hours until the senate sub committee hearing on Monday, it should be 64 hours. 40 hours would put the sub committee hearing on Sunday.
  • During the chase scene, there is a green V W Bug that is passed at least 4 times.
  • While Bullit is in the airport looking for Renick, a Mother is seen pushing a baby carriage, with a baby doll in the carriage.
  • During the car chase Bullitt shifts up a gear 16 times without changing down a gear one single time. There is no Mustang with 16 forward gears.
  • Bullit's Mustang hasn't got an exterior door mirror on the driver side (at around 55 mins) before the car chase. When he gets out of the taxi (at around 62 mins) the Mustang suddenly has an exterior door mirror on the driver side.
  • (at around 78 minutes) Cathy enters the room and sees the dead body of the lookalike's wife. The room is full of policemen. The next scene is a close shot of the dead body, the room is empty now and even Cathy has disappeared from the door where she stood before. In the next scene Cathy and the policemen are back again.
  • In Airport chase Bullit is carrying a .45 caliber automatic down by his side while Renick displays a revolver beneath his jacket. In the following shoot-out Bullit shoots Renick with the revolver while Renick falls through the glass doors, dropping the .45 automatic.
  • In several areas throughout the chase scene, pre-existing tire marks are seen before the two vehicles pass by. This is a common revealing mistake in scenes that involve practice takes before the actual scene is shot.
  • Despite claims nothing was "sped up" in the filming, during the chase the Charger makes a 90 degree right turn whose radius of curvature was about 65 or 70 ft ~ 20 m, in about one second, as if it were a Formula I car. To do so would mean the car pulled about 4.5 g which is far beyond even the modern version of the Charger (.85 g), especially on bias-belted wide oval 70 series tires. Centrifugal force = radius * angular velocity (90 deg=2*pi/4), squared, or 20*(2*3.14/4)^2.
  • At the beginning of the chase scene, there are definite dents on the passenger side of the Mustang.
  • When Bullitt goes back to the scene of the shooting, he looks at a crime scene diagram, and two police photos of Ross/Renick in the position he landed in when shot, taped on the wall. Since the ambulance would have gotten there before the crime scene technicians, and Ross/Renick was still alive and removed quickly in an ambulance, they wouldn't have been able to take what look like crime scene photos of a body.
  • In the closing scene when Bullitt returns home he carrying a folded raincoat, the same coat he threw on the runway.
  • Bullit thumps a newspaper stand to make it open and takes a paper, as he doesn't have the correct coin. However he then goes into a nearby shop, holding the paper, to buy some groceries. Surely he could have asked for an appropriate coin in his change which he could have then used to buy the newspaper.
  • Since the setting for the film is ostensibly on the 2nd weekend in May (around Mother's Day), it would not be dark when Bullitt arrives at SFO around 7 PM in pursuit of Rennick.
  • During the car chase, on at least one occasion McQueen can be seen chewing gum, whereas in most shots he clearly isn't.
  • Bullitt and Delgetti go through the dead man's luggage, handling every single item without wearing gloves, and then Bullitt asks the evidence guy for "fingerprints on this stuff." Detectives messing up the evidence was commonplace into the 1970s, but these actions are laughable rookie blunders.
  • During the CPR scene where they are attempting to save Ross, the nurse asks the doctor "do you want to defibrillate." The doctor replies " not now not with that complex." There is no complex, the patient is flat line. This is a major error, when a patient flat lines the only treatment is defibrillation (electricity). The CPR will help keep his brain alive. But the only thing that will get his heart going again is electricity and possibly epinephrine. Also the patient has no heart rhythm throughout the procedure but there is no alarm until the last few seconds. It is possible to silence the alarm, but no goes near the monitor. Alarm seems to have started for effect. Also doctors almost never actually do chest compression during a code. RN's, respiratory techs, emergency techs almost always do the chest compressions. In the cases where the doctor is doing them. It's almost always because no one else was around at the first sign of arrest, and once a code is called and others arrive they would take over. In this there's on nurse just standing around. In this the doctor actually stopped compression to look at a monitor, a doctor would never do that. Compressions have to be maintained until the patient has a cardiac rhythm to supply their brain. This patient was already intubated so the doctors responsibility in this code would have been to watch the results of CPR, order medication to control the patients response of CPR and then if successful support the patient, not do chest compressions.
  • Two professional hit men would not follow their target, especially if he was an armed detective, with an empty or near empty shotgun, only to fully load it late in an impact-laden high-speed chase.
  • The wounded Officer Stanton tells Lieutenant Bullitt in the ambulance that one of the hit-men ("Mike") had white hair. Minutes later, in the hospital, Bullitt asks a doctor over the phone if the man (Mike) the doctor had just spoken to had gray hair; the doctor says yes. If a suspect had just been described to a police detective as having white hair, he would not have altered the critical descriptor from white to gray minutes later.
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