Peter Yates 24 July 1928 – 9 January 2011

Two of my favorite films were directed by Peter Yates, who died yesterday at the age of 82. Bullit which features a great car chase scene through the streets of San Francisco. A 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback driven by Steve McQueen, playing Lieutenant Frank Bullitt. Bullitt chased a black Dodge Charger R/T driven by suspected murderers through the streets of San Francisco. It is safe to say that any car chase since is derived from this one.

Breaking Away is the quintessential coming-of-age-in-a small-town film. But a lot more than that. Again, many lesser derivatives were made.

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