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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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