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Published on Nov 10, 2013
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.