R.I.P. Peter Yates

Monday, January 10 by

Peter Yates has died. The director of Bullitt and Krull (not to be confused with Kull The Conquerer, which is not to be seen) died yesterday at the age of 81.

Yates garnered four Oscar nominations for the films Breaking Away and The Dresser. He forever changed the face of the action film with Bullitt‘s classic car chase scene that sent Steve McQueen screaming through San Francisco in a Ford Mustang. Nowadays we have Vin Diesel skyping while surfing on nuclear torpedoes as they hop a row of helicopters. As extreme as they may be, today’s action films can’t hold a candle to the suspense Yates was able to conjure with a driver and a car. He will be missed. (AP)

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  1. January 10, 2011 10:33 am

    Garry Barzel

    What a loss……He was the man!


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