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'Bullitt' back in theaters for 50th anniversary

Steve McQueen In 'Bullitt'

A golden "Bullitt" is taking dead aim at the big screen.

Steve McQueen fans can commemorate the 50th anniversary of what is perhaps his signature movie when "Bullitt" returns to select theaters nationwide on October 7 and 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time.

The golden anniversary event is being staged by Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events.

McQueen stars as San Francisco police lieutenant Frank Bullitt, who gets assigned to protect a key witness in a Senate hearing on organized crime. The case turns deadly, spurring Bullitt to track down the culprits—a pursuit that includes one of the greatest car chases in movie history. McQueen, driving a 1968 Ford Mustang GT, turns the tables on two hitmen who start trailing him in a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T.

The tense 10-minute showdown through the hilly streets of San Francisco was the key to an Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Frank P. Keller.

The remastered 1968 film will be presented in its original stereo, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Sound.

McQueen established himself as "The King of Cool" and a fashion icon throughout the 1960s and '70s in films like "The Great Escape," "The Cincinnati Kid" and "Le Mans." He was just 50 years old when he died of cancer in 1980.

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