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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Steve McQueen Supercharged Classic 'Bullitt'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 11, 2013 at 11:57AM

Carquake! rumbles its way to Trailers from Hell this week, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "Bullitt," Peter Yates’ supercharged detective blockbuster starring Steve McQueen.
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Steve McQueen in "Bullitt"
Steve McQueen in "Bullitt"

Carquake! rumbles its way to Trailers from Hell this week, with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "Bullitt," Peter Yates’ supercharged detective blockbuster starring Steve McQueen.

The film was a transitional one for Hollywood, introducing the concept of kinetic action into the gumshoe mix and making a superstar out of former TV actor 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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.