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Greatest film chase scene ever?

Posted by Doug Most  January 11, 2011 09:54 AM

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Before the days when every movie seemed to have a car chase scene ("Date Night"? Please), there was, for me at least, "Bullitt." Steve McQueen in 1968 chasing the bad guys in his muscled-up Mustang through the hills of San Francisco.

The first time my father made me watch it, I didn't know what to expect. Then I almost got car sick from all the angles, especially from inside the cars. If you haven't seen it, go watch it. It's a car chase the way car chases were meant to be filmed.

The reason "Bullitt" is topical is because its British filmmaker, Peter Yates, died this week (obituary here) at 81. And not only did Yates make the best car chase scene I've seen in a movie, he made one of the best bike chases, too. And by bike, I mean bicycle.

Of all the great scenes in the 1979 classic "Breaking Away," my favorite is easily this one where the star, Dennis Christopher, tucks in behind a tractor trailer on the highway and drafts behind the hated Cinzano cycling team up to 60 mph. Now that's a chase!

What's your favorite chase scene in a movie, on wheels or on foot?


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