Director Peter Yates

Production year 1968

Length 114min.

Country USA


An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.


Peter Yates
Peter Yates



Philip D'Antoni


Alan Trustman, Harry Kleiner

Director of Photography

William A. Frake

Production designer

Albert Brenner

Music by

Lalo Schifrin


John Kean


Frank Keller


Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset, Don Gordon, Simon Oakland, Norman Fell

Production company(ies)

Warner Brothers/Seven Arts, Solar Productions

Peter Yates

Peter Yates graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and worked for some years as an actor, director and stage manager. In the 1950s, he started in the film industry as a dubbing assistant and later an assistant director for Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. Summer Holiday (1963), his first film as director, was a "lightweight" vehicle for Cliff Richard. Yates had directed the original Royal Court production of N. F. Simpson's play One Way Pendulum and was chosen to make the film version released in 1964. Robbery (1967), a crime thriller, is a fictionalised version of the Great Train Robbery of 1963. This led to Bullitt (1968), of which Bruce Weber has written, "Mr. Yates’s reputation probably rests most securely on Bullitt , his first American film – and indeed, on one particular scene, an extended car chase that instantly became a classic." After Bullitt, Yates would do action films, but would intermix them with comedy and drama films. Yates produced and directed Breaking Away (1979), which was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Film. Yates also produced and directed The Dresser (1983), an adaptation of the Ronald Harwood stage play. The film received five Oscar and seven BAFTA nominations. The Dresser was also entered into the Berlin IFF. Other notable films directed by Yates include Krull, The House on Carroll Street, The Deep, Suspect and For Pete's Sake.


Summer Holiday (1963), One Way Pendulum (1964), Robbery (1967), Bullitt (1968), John and Mary (1969), Murphy's War (1971), The Hot Rock (1972), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), For Pete's Sake (1974), Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976), The Deep (1977), Breaking Away (1979), Eyewitness (1981), Krull (1983), The Dresser (1983), Eleni (1985), Suspect (1987), The House on Carroll Street (1988), An Innocent Man (1989), Year of the Comet (1992), The Run of the Country (1995), Roommates (1995), Curtain Call (1998).

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