Bullitt is a 1968 police thriller film starring Steve McQueen as Lieutenant Frank Bullitt. It also stars Robert Vaughn as Senator Walter Chalmers. It was directed by Peter Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. The story was adapted for the screen by Alan Trustman and Harry Kleiner, based on the novel titled Mute Witness (1963) by Robert L. Fish (aka Robert L. Pike). Bullitt is most-remembered for its central car chase scene through the streets of downtown San Francisco.