If your impression of San Francisco’s sights and geography have been shaped almost entirely by the car chase in Bullitt, the seminal sixties McQueen detective movie, that’s OK. But watch out when you go there and try to follow the exact route, as you will quickly discover that director Peter Yates suffered from chronic discontinuity.
Clearly not allowing facts to get in the way of telling a good visual story, Yates teleports McQueen from the east to the north and then the south of the city during the chase’s seven-minute run. You would probably never notice or care if no one pointed it out. But we’re here in a quasi-forensic role ourselves, to find the best route around this city, so it’s the sort of thing we want to know.