Ponderings and pipedreams from the mayor of Minnesota's smallest small town.
I love the totally rad story about your town but I really couldn't get over your Bullitt post. Very cool. I hope to view more amazing insanity from you.
Thanks, here's a note that Ray Smith sent me about his researching the route. It's very sweet.We did have fun scouting the chase locations as they were a mystery since I live in Southern California and only know the city from frequent business trips years ago. At one point I was standing in the middle of the street to get a shot and a San Francisco cop stopped me and asked what I was doing. When I told him he said he was a Bullitt fan too and he and his partner stopped traffic so I could get the shot without getting run over.What is amazing is that with the exception of the movie locations in the Embarcadero section of the city, very little has changed. Trees have either grown or been cut down/trimmed, but otherwise it's like walking back into the movie.There are actually people who have printed out my web site and charge tourists money to follow the chase route and visit the other locations from the movie (which was shot entirely on location, there were no studio sets constructed).Thanks again for the note!
For fun, try to trace the route of the chase in "The Rock" (an almost infinitely inferior movie). At least part of it occurs in San Pedro, which is in L.A.! For a more geographically consistient chase, see "Gone In Sixty Seconds (1974)"
Gone in 60 is so incredible. 40 minute car chase! Caddie Dealership. Nobody wins. I love it. It's on dec for the next map. I'll have to try to attach some actual clips to that one.
Thanks to your map (and Google Street View), I think I've figured out where Bullitt 'hid' in the movie - he must have gone left into Peralta, and not right again into York like the hoods did, and stopped in the dip that's out of sight. It's bothered me for years!John
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