New Movies: Cop Art

This highly polished piece of cop art emphatically watches a lone lieutenant playing it straight in a crooked world. Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen), of the San Francisco police force, is assigned to keep a state's witness alive and soon finds himself wallowing in other people's blood. A colleague is shotgunned down, a witness ice-picked, a blonde garroted. These are only his minor problems. A self-aggrandizing official (Robert Vaughn) wants Bullitt "castrated" because he fails to obey orders the way his cowardly superiors do. Bullitt's girl (Jacqueline Bisset) says that he's "living...

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