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Released 1968
Distributor Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Peter Yates’ supercharged detective blockbuster was a transitional film for Hollywood, introducing the concept of kinetic action into the gumshoe mix and making a superstar out of former tv actor Steve McQueen. It was his favorite role. Ironically Robert L Pike’s source novel “Mute Witness” had been first purchased as a vehicle for Spencer Tracy as an aging New York cop. It was retrofitted for McQueen and relocated to San Francisco, where its groundbreaking car chase scenes were shot with new lightweight Arriflex cameras.

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About Alan Spencer

Alan Spencer is best known for creating the classic satirical eighties sitcom Sledge Hammer! and the recent controversial "ultra violent" comedy Bullet in the Face for IFC. For years he's been regarded as one of Hollywood's top script doctors and has never lost a patient.