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 |  Mar 28 2012, 2:31 PM

A pioneer in modern cinema, director Peter Yates received critical acclaim for the camera work and editing done for the car chase in the 1968 movie Bullitt

Starring Steve McQueen, the Ford Mustang, the Dodge Charger, as well as the hilly streets of San Francisco as the backdrop for the chase, Columbia University professor Emanuel Levy praised, “Bullitt contains one of the most exciting car chases in film history, a sequence that revolutionized Hollywood’s standards.”

Since then, many filmmakers have used Bullitt as a benchmark, applying its techniques to produce car chase sequences of their own. However, no director has attempted to re-create the complete Bullitt sequence again – until now.

For the season finale of Alcatraz, Detective Madsen stops and requisitions a Deep Impact Blue 2013 Mustang GT coupe and chases down a black Dodge Charger that is driven by her convict grandfather. Symmetry to the original Bullitt play throughout the chase, including scenes of the Mustang’s appearance in the Charger’s rearview mirror, the driver in the black Charger clipping the seatbelt, the iconic reverse burnout, the hill hops, as well as the old Volkswagen Beetle that makes multiple and non-linear appearances.

Check out the entire chase sequence from the season finale of Alcatraz below.  Continue Reading…

 |  Mar 10 2012, 12:01 PM

Lost fans might be a little disappointed in the new Alcatraz TV show, but it appears that the season finale will have a lot more excitement to it. 

Back in 1968, the movie Bullitt featured Steve McQueen in an infamous chase scene piloting a Ford Mustang. Arguably the most iconic car chase scene in film history, many have used it as the benchmark for directing and producing their own chase scenes in movies and television shows. Now, Alcatraz will take its best stab at it, starrting a 2013 Mustang.

The show was recently caught filming on the streets of San Francisco, Calif. with stunt driver Jack Gill admitting that they’re doing their best job to not only “recreate every single shot,” but to also add their own twist to it with “a lot of sliding around the corners, a lot of getting close to things.” Even better, director Jack Bender said they filmed some of the scenes on the same streets as the chase in Bullitt.

The season finale of Alcatraz with the chase scene will air on March 26.

[Source: Mustangs Daily]