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RIP: Bullitt director Peter Yates

01.10.2011

Director Peter Yates has passed away at age 81.

While while he worked behind the camera on noteworthy dramas (BREAKING AWAY), thrillers (THE DEEP, THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE) and comedies (MOTHER, JUGGS & SPEED), Yates will probably be best known for changing the way car chases were captured on film with 1968's BULLITT.

The Steve McQueen cop flick featured an infamous vehicle pursuit in which the A-list star himself was at the wheel of a Mustang Fastback bombing around the streets of San Francisco at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Yates was requested by McQueen for BULLITT after the actor saw his work on the heist movie ROBBERY.

Depending on your childhood, you may also have fond memories of KRULL, Yates' only foray into sci-fi/fantasy.

Extra Tidbit: If you're a McQueen fan, the worthwhile documentary "STEVE MCQUEEN: THE ESSENCE OF COOL" features more BULLITT talk with Yates.
Source: AP

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11:35PM on 01/11/2011

Do NOT f&$k with Steve McQueen!!!

RIP Peter Yates.
RIP Peter Yates.
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3:22PM on 01/11/2011

A True Legend

While Bullitt is still his most famous work, Peter Yates was an instrumental force in shaping the excellent potboilers of the mid '60s and '70s and a lot of his work holds up surprisingly well.

"The Friends of Eddie Coyle" isn't as accessible as "Bullitt," but it is a pretty close adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel with Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle and Alex Rocco.
While Bullitt is still his most famous work, Peter Yates was an instrumental force in shaping the excellent potboilers of the mid '60s and '70s and a lot of his work holds up surprisingly well.

"The Friends of Eddie Coyle" isn't as accessible as "Bullitt," but it is a pretty close adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel with Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle and Alex Rocco.
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11:06AM on 01/11/2011

Big fan of Mr. McQueen...

...thanks for the tip on the docu. I will check that out. Who could come close to the epitome of cool these days like Steve McQueen. Anytime any of these old school guys have a movie playing on TV, like AMC (McQueen, Bronson, Lee Marvin, Bruce Lee) my life comes to a complete halt because I'm so captivated by them. I wish I grew up in that era of Hollywood badasses!
...thanks for the tip on the docu. I will check that out. Who could come close to the epitome of cool these days like Steve McQueen. Anytime any of these old school guys have a movie playing on TV, like AMC (McQueen, Bronson, Lee Marvin, Bruce Lee) my life comes to a complete halt because I'm so captivated by them. I wish I grew up in that era of Hollywood badasses!
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8:36AM on 01/11/2011
Thanks for bumming me out so early.
Thanks for bumming me out so early.
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8:08AM on 01/11/2011
I just saw his 'John & Mary' last week. It's a pretty good romantic comedy form '68 with Dustin Hoffman. You should check it out!

RIP Mr. Yates!
I just saw his 'John & Mary' last week. It's a pretty good romantic comedy form '68 with Dustin Hoffman. You should check it out!

RIP Mr. Yates!
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7:09AM on 01/11/2011

RIP!!!

I remember watching KRULL as a kid!
I remember watching KRULL as a kid!
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12:03AM on 01/11/2011
This really sucks! I feel bad for his family.

I love the cheesiness that is 'Krull' and 'Bullit' is a masterpiece!
This really sucks! I feel bad for his family.

I love the cheesiness that is 'Krull' and 'Bullit' is a masterpiece!
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11:56PM on 01/10/2011
Wasn't really that familiar with his work except Bullitt.

But, R.I.P.
Wasn't really that familiar with his work except Bullitt.

But, R.I.P.
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