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Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 12:23 am

One of my favorite movies, Bullitt, was on last night. I have always enjoyed the part of the movie where Steve McQueen is chasing a bad guy, supposedly on the field at SFO.

Does anyone know if this segment was actually filmed at SFO? And how did the crew get permission to be out on the field, with Steve McQueen dodging PA 707's and PSA 727's taxing for takeoff? It's hard to believe that any airport would allow such a thing in 1968, and I'm sure they wouldn't allow it in this day and time.

I'm just curious.
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 12:57 am

Quoting contrails (Thread starter):
Does anyone know if this segment was actually filmed at SFO? And how did the crew get permission to be out on the field, with Steve McQueen dodging PA 707's and PSA 727's taxing for takeoff? It's hard to believe that any airport would allow such a thing in 1968, and I'm sure they wouldn't allow it in this day and time.

Yes, from what I've read, it was filmed at SFO, mostly well after midnight when there was little activity. Many airport staff were hired as extras.
 
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 1:36 am

The Clarion Hotel at the northbound Millbrae Ave. exit was definitely used in the film. I don't remember what it was called back then.
 
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 5:27 am

I seem to recall that mechanics were taxiing the various aircraft around the taxiways leading to the runway 01s. Sound effects were added to suggest takeoff power.
 
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 5:53 am

It's always seemed to be that the onboard segment was actually filmed inside a Pan Am 707 - it just looked and "felt" too real to be a mock up.
 
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 5:55 am

Quoting audidudi (Reply 2):
The Clarion Hotel at the northbound Millbrae Ave. exit was definitely used in the film. I don't remember what it was called back then.

If I think about it long enough I'll remember it. That hotel was closed and boarded up for many years around 1976 until later being reopened.

But yeah, the movie scene was at SFO. Note the PSA 727 in the old PSA paint scheme too.
 
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 9:00 am

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 5):
If I think about it long enough I'll remember it. That hotel was closed and boarded up for many years around 1976 until later being reopened.

That hotel building doesn't seem to have much luck...it closed as a Clarion a year or so ago and has been partially torn down (I think it's being extensively remodeled). How long has the adjacent Westin been there? Seems to me that that hotel's been more successful, certainly as of late...

I need to see that entire movie someday...
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 10:29 am

you all can watch the actual portion on youtube... Lots of intersting things to see. Notice the destination board and the font looks very Pan American. When Steve McQueen board s the aircraft and is walking down the aisle, notice the Clipper ship on the bulkhead. The seats are gray (although I have no idea how accurate the color is but it is much like the PA interior shown on a Doris Day / Cary Grant film). Unfortunately mid way through there is a soundtrack playing which Im sure was not part of the film.



http://youtu.be/ZdCW_WPUqv0

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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 11:19 am

Quoting warden145 (Reply 6):

It is being rebranded as Aloft, part of Westing group. Kind of a newer W Hotel brand. Scheduled opening in August.
 
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 11:51 am

Quoting Jackbr (Reply 4):
It's always seemed to be that the onboard segment was actually filmed inside a Pan Am 707 - it just looked and "felt" too real to be a mock up.

It is a real airplane. The door stops in the boarding doorway perimeter are always a dead giveaway for a real airplane.

Also, the engine sound effects could be real as well.....JT-3Ds have a very distinctive sound.
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 1:07 pm

Figures,youtube just deleted my Bullitt @ SFO video I had up there for years.
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 2:11 pm

Quoting warden145 (Reply 6):
That hotel building doesn't seem to have much luck...it closed as a Clarion a year or so ago and has been partially torn down (I think it's being extensively remodeled). How long has the adjacent Westin been there? Seems to me that that hotel's been more successful, certainly as of late...

The Clarion closed last year and will reopen as an Aloft this fall. The Westin opened in 1987 if memory serves correctly. Starwood owns and manages both hotels. There was a rumor that an Element will also be developed on this site. Element is to Westin as Aloft is to W Hotels--a scaled down, select service version. That Clarion has been an eyesore for 20+ years and the Aloft will be a welcome addition to the hotel scene at SFO.
 
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 7:05 pm

Thanks for all the responses!

If you're in Oklahoma Friday the movie will be re-run at 11:00pm on one of the PBS stations.
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 8:28 pm

Quoting United_fan (Reply 10):
Figures,youtube just deleted my Bullitt @ SFO video I had up there for years.

How rude of them! If it's the video that I think it is, I have it saved on my computer...there's no sound like a JT-3D spooling up!!   

Quoting SFOA380 (Reply 11):
The Clarion closed last year and will reopen as an Aloft this fall. The Westin opened in 1987 if memory serves correctly. Starwood owns and manages both hotels. There was a rumor that an Element will also be developed on this site. Element is to Westin as Aloft is to W Hotels--a scaled down, select service version. That Clarion has been an eyesore for 20+ years and the Aloft will be a welcome addition to the hotel scene at SFO.

Thank you! I had heard something similar, but didn't recall the details...courtesy of work, I drive by there literally daily, but I had never taken a client to the Clarion, and based on the signage, I had always had the impression that they weren't getting very much business. Meanwhile, I take people to the Westin there fairly regularly...

It'll be interesting to see how the new hotel does once it opens up...
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 8:46 pm

I worked in SFO for Western Airlines 1968-70. Our ticket counter was next to Pan Am. I worked swing shift and had a chance to see a lot of what was going on during the filming.

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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 10:56 pm

On the part where he's walking down the Aisle, I've just notice there's CRT monitors above every seat - were these installed back then or are they just there for show?
 
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RE: Bullitt @ SFO?

Mon May 21, 2012 11:15 pm

Quoting planejamie (Reply 15):
On the part where he's walking down the Aisle, I've just notice there's CRT monitors above every seat - were these installed back then or are they just there for show?

Mmany of Pan Am's earliest 707-321s had the overhead video monitors. If memory correct AA had them also on some of their early 707s. Pan Am's later 707s replaced the overhead monitors with the more usual pull-down screens over the aisle and projectors. I remember flying on a Pan Am 707-321 ORY-FCO in 1970 with the overhead monitors, although not used on that short sector.

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